Archive | December, 2014

The Collection

The Trail of the 49ers consists of artifacts, documents and animal displays along with a period covered wagon. With our display we tell the story of the California trail as it winds through Northeastern Elko County and the many hurdles the travelers faced each and every day on the trail.

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Since the 2008 earthquake, we have been in a temporary location. We are in the process of planning and fundraising for our building at the corner of 6th and Lake Ave. While we are fundraising and planning we are in desperate need of replacing the roof so we do not loose or damage any more […]

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The Gift Shop

The gift/book shop has California Trail related titles along with trail guides for the Nevada, and Elko County portion of the California Trail and Hastings Cutoff. We also have toys and gifts for the youngsters from the period. No kid would be complete without a coonskin cap or a bonnet from the trial center. We […]

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Reading Room

Our Gene and Peg Kaplan Reading Room is home to over 500 American Western History books and resources, including first editions and original copies of some works. It includes both the Barrett and Kaplan collections which are available on loan if you are a member of the Friends of the Society for the Preservation of […]

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“Mary Rose Taylor”

On February 6, 2009, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Jason Pengelly, Mike Wiley, and Miguel Burmen, employees for the City of Wells, made quite a discovery working in the city landfill. While pushing dirt with a bulldozer, Pengelly noticed some bones in the dirt. He then stepped down from the dozer to take a better look. […]

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Society for the Preservation of Western Heritage
P.O. Box 615 - Wells, NV 89835
Phone: (775) 752-3540