2,000 Miles of Adventure

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. Learn the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2,000 mile trek; some seeking land, some gold, others seeking adventure, and some for reasons we may never know. Discover in their words 2,000 miles of adventure.


California Trail Rivers

Rivers along the California Trail

At the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, we love bringing this historical landmark to life for you with […]

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"Twin Fawns" by Mark Hayward

Temporary Exhibit: “Nevada Wild”

Photo above: Twin Fawns by Mark Hayward. The California Trail Center is presenting a temporary exhibit, “Nevada Wild: An Exhibition […]

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Bidwell-Bartleson Party

Bidwell-Bartleson Party

Learn about the emigrant party who started it all, the Bidwell-Bartleson party, at the California Trail Interpretive Center. As the […]

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History Of The Covered Wagon

History of the Covered Wagon

Wagon trains were the home and community of westward-bound emigrants, and you can see the types of wagons they traveled […]

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California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

Few periods of U.S. history evoke a sense of adventure and excitement like the California Gold Rush, and you can […]

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Pony Express

Pony Express

The Pony Express is a fascinating part of the history of the American West, and you can learn more about […]

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