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Interpretive Center celebrates history

NNBW Staff
Owen Boyack, a Trail Center mountain man reenactor, taking careful aim with his black powder rife
Photo by Julia Saintz |

The Humboldt River served as a corridor for mountain men that traveled through the Great Basin and blazed trails throughout the American West for pioneers to follow.

To highlight their contributions, The California Trail Interpretive Center recently hosted the first Humboldt River Rendezvous. Visitors toured the mountain men camp and watched re-enactors take part in black powder shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing competitions.

“Mountain men were pathfinders and trail blazers that helped shape U.S. and Western history,” said Park Ranger Alex Rose. “This event brought mountain man history and culture to life.”

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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.