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Release Date: 02/28/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Announces California Gold Rush Presentation

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) and the Oregon-California Trails Association will host a special talk on the California Gold Rush this Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m.

Author Hal James will offer insight into his book Bruff’s Wake: J. Goldsborough Bruff and the California Gold Rush, 1849-51.

At the mid-point of the 19th century, J. Goldsborough Bruff was caught up in one of the largest mass migrations in history. Given his early military training and leadership abilities, he was inspired to form and lead an emigrating company of 64 men to California. Other than searching for riches and adventure, his main purpose was to compile a guidebook for future travelers that resulted in one of the best descriptive accounts of trail life during the gold rush of 1849. With curiosity, a sharp eye, and tireless energy, he recorded a narrative, complemented with field sketches, on all that transpired during his six-month journey from St. Joseph, Missouri to the gold fields of California. Two thirds of Bruff’s sketches presented some of the first panoramic illustrations of overland America and the newly acquired California lands.

The talk will last about an hour and will take place at the NHTIC. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Trails Center.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 02-28-2012