Senator Reid wrote and passed the legislation (Public Law 106-577) authorizing the Trail Center and has appropriated $12 million in federal funds for the project in recent years. The Trail Center is poised to become a major western cultural and educational attraction.
"In 2000, I worked with local leaders in Elko County to pass legislation that aimed to create a first class learning center that chronicled the 19th century overland journey of more than 300,000 settlers into the west. Since 2000, I have appropriated approximately $10 million in federal funding for this important project. When completed, the Center will become an important tourist destination in eastern Nevada and further help to diversify the region’s economy. I greatly enjoyed touring the new facility – then still under construction – in August 2007, and I look forward to seeing the facility completed and opened to the public."