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Release Date: 05/20/14
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News Release No. ELKO 2014-033

California Trail Days begins May 31

ELKO, Nev.- Pack up your wagon and bring your family to the eleventh annual California Trail Days, May 27 through June 1 at the California Trail Center. “Crafts along the Trail” is the theme for this year’s event. This event is free and open to the public. 

Visitors will enjoy demonstrations about leather tanning and shoe making. Shoshone women will be crafting baskets and cradle boards.  They can also visit a Shoshone summer camp and watch native craftsmen make toys, tools, and weapons. The sound of a hammer ringing against the anvil as a black smith makes the tools and equipment that enabled the settling of the American west will be heard as well. Compare this to the delicate work of a tin smith fabricating pans, plates, and cups ideal for the trail and the kitchen. There will be historic weapons, black powder demonstrations, gold panning, and music from the time period. Children will be able to play the games the pioneers played and take wagon rides. More than 30 re-enactors will be at this event and it’s all free. Southwind Band will play at the dance Saturday night.   

Over the winter, the center added six new panels written by Leah Brady on the “Native People of the Great Basin” to the Interpretive Plaza.  A hand crafted replica of a prairie schooner was also added to the lobby.  The Sutters Fort exhibit is underway and will display a place where pioneers, settlers, Argonauts and 49ers met. 

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, was built in partnership the state of Nevada and the City and County of Elko.  For more information about the Center visit,,  or call 775-738-1849.  You can friend us on Facebook at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St      Elko, Nevada 89801  

Last updated: 04-17-2015