California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center Presents
California Trail Days
Saturday and Sunday May 18th & 19th, 2013
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Located 8 miles west of Elko on Interstate Highway 80 at the Hunter exit 292
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
California Trail Center 775-738-1849
or visit californiatrailcenter.org
Living History Encampments: Visitors will enjoy walking through the trail camp. Volunteer interpreters will be in 1850s costumes and will answer questions about what is being displayed and about the equipment and history of the California Trail.
Newe or the Western Shoshone Camp:
- Visit a real Shoshone camp and learn about Shoshone life-ways.
- Crafts: Willow weaving
- Food preparation
- Edible Plants
- Drumming and songs
- Traditional tools
- Emigrant Wagon Camp: See full size emigrant wagons 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 41/2 month, 2,000 walk across America.
- Blacksmith Camp: Ever seen a real black smith at work? Here is your opportunity to see the hot iron hit the anvil.
- Pioneer Skills Demonstrations: Learn about life on the trail and the skills necessary to make the journey from Missouri to California.
- Dutch Oven Cooking: Sample trail fare and see how meals were prepared along the California Trail.
- Wheel Wright Camp: See the almost lost art of making wagon wheel.
- 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.
- Mountain Man Camp: After the fur trade diminished Mountain Men often became guides along the California Trail. Meet a Mountain Man and learn the skills that it took to live in the wilds of the American west.