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General On-Going Activities at the California Trail Days

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  • Carolyn Steninger
    California Trail Days California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center Elko, Nevada Friday and Saturday May 29 & 30, 2009 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Free
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17 1:30 PM

      California Trail Days
      California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center
      Elko, Nevada
      Friday and Saturday May 29 & 30, 2009
      10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
      Free Admission

      Located 8 Miles West of Elko Nevada on Interstate Highway 80 at the Hunter Exit 292

      David Jamiel at 775-753-0213 or Gary Koy at 775-934-2467

      General On-Going Activities

      Friday and Saturday:

      • Live Oxen
      • Pony Express Booth & Demonstration
      • Native American Life Ways
      • Gold Panning
      • Kids – Try on Pioneer Clothing
      • Historic Fire Arms
      • Play With Historic Toys
      • Archeology Activities
      • Kids Activities by Northeastern Nevada Museum
      • Live Music
      • Spinning/Weaving Demonstrations
      • Mountain Men Encampments
      • Luigi's 5 Card Monte
      • Trail Artist Primitive Bows
      • Blacksmith Demonstrations
      • Powder horns/ Scrimshaw
      • Brain Tanning
      • Flutes Making
      • Formal Presentations

      Saturday Only:

      • Wagon Rides
      • Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
      • Wheelwright/Wagon Building
      • Military Camp

      Newe or the Western Shoshone People Exhibits:
      These topics will be covered as part of the Newe encampment or as scheduled talks during Trail Days.

      • Crafts: Willow weaving
      • Story telling
      • Food preparation:
      • Medicine: Native herbs
      • Commerce and Games:

      Trapper and Emigrant Wagon Camps:

      Living History Encampments: Visitors will enjoy walking through the different types of trail camps. Volunteer interpreters will be in 1850s costumes and will answer questions about what is being displayed and answer questions about the equipment and history of the California Trail.

      • Trapper camp: Walk through a recreated trapper camp. Visit with the participants as they explain what life was like in the Far West between the 1820s and 1860s. Learn how food, was prepared on the trail, how pioneers set up camp and the kinds of tools and firearms they depended upon for their survival.

      • Emigrant Wagon camp: See a full size emigrant wagon and visit with the volunteer interpreters about the kinds of experiences faced by overland emigrants as they traveled overland to California. Learn about the different types of people who went west and the equipment they took. Try to figure out for yourself what you would take if you were going to take a 4 1/2 month, 2,000 walk across America.

      Military Camps:

      • 3rd California Volunteers: Visit with volunteers as they portray the soldiers who served at Fort Ruby (1862 – 1869) and at Fort Hallack (1869 and 1874). See the equipment they used, the clothes they wore, the weapons they used and discover what life was like for the soldier serving in the Great Basin during and shortly after the American Civil War.

      Pony Express:

      • There will be a reenactment of pony express riders passing a mail pouch and a presentation on this brief but colorful part of western history

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