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ELKO: Packing for a long westward trip


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ELKO — Packing for a trip can be a challenge: What do you need? What should you leave? Suzanne Miller, staff member at the California Trail Interpretive Center, will discuss the factors that drove the pioneers westward, and explore the limitations that forced the difficult decisions of what to bring and what to leave behind in a presentation called “Take It or Leave It.”  The presentation will be held on Wed., Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The free presentation is outdoors and attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

The decisions made by emigrants with minimal information about what to pack might be a matter of life and death.  Bring too much, and risk exhaustion of the animals pulling the wagons.  Being poorly provisioned could bring unimaginable hardships.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management is 8 miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292.  The center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Sept. 4.  For more information call 738-1849 or visit californiatrailcenter.org.

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