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Elko District Office
Release Date: 10/28/16
Contacts: Alex Rose , 775-738-1849  
News Release No. ELKO 2017-06

Animal Detectives and Mail Order Brides: The California Trail Interpretive Center Announces November Programs

ELKO, Nev.— Fall is a wonderful time to visit the California Trail Interpretive Center.

With the arrival of cool, crisp weather, enjoy a hike on the California Trail Center’s easy, short hiking trails. Explore the pioneer camp and Shoshoni village.

Check out an adult or youth program. The following 1-hour, free programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

Nov. 6: For the Kids: Animal Detective 
Animals leave behind clues: scat and tracks in all shapes and sizes. Join volunteer and biologist Beth Wood and become an animal detective. Discover how to identify animals by the clues they leave behind.

Nov. 12: Mail Order Brides: The Original Online Dating
By the 1850s, there were more eligible bachelors in the West than there were in the East. Volunteer Pami Briggs will share real-life tales of women who became mail-order brides. Some were successful, such as Elinore Pruitt, who answered Clyde Stewart’s ad and was happily married for over 20 years. Eleanor Berry was not so lucky. Her mail order husband misrepresented himself in his letters. The marriage lasted less than an hour. Learn about these brides and more at this intriguing program.

Nov. 20: For the Kids: How to Bake a Pioneer Biscuit
Join Park Ranger Alex Rose in the pioneer camp for a program on Dutch oven cooking. Learn how to bake biscuits from scratch.
The California Trail Center is a fantastic place to bring guests who are visiting from out of town. The Center is closed on Thanksgiving, but open on Nov. 25-27. Share with them the rich history of the California Trail and Great Basin Native Americans. The Center is family friendly, with interactive exhibits that are both educational and fun.

For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center call 738-1849. Visit the Trail Center online at or

The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Last updated: 10-28-2016