Archive for May, 2009

Great story on Paul Felt

Read about Paul’s complicated mediation between the Crandall Canyon mine owners and the victims’ families.

Here’s the link.

We’re proud to know you, Paul.


May 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Carl Woolsey in hospital

From Steve Gallenson:

Dr. Woolsey had open heart surgery last week. He will be in the hospital for rehabilitation for the next 3 weeks. Carl is on the 5th floor in South 09 . I was told he is doing quite well. Please see if you can find the time give him a visit.

May 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm 1 comment

Field trip itinerary!

To White Pine, Elko and Eureka Nevada Counties

June 5, 6 and 7

Friday, June 5th

Depart Masonic Lodge Parking lot at 6 a.m. on chartered bus.

Our first stop will be in Eureka, Utah (Juab County). Coffee, Orange Juice and milk will be served here along with donuts and rolls. A short talk of mining then and now. Then a drive thru Mammoth to the site of neat ruin, an old baseball diamond.

Next will be sheep shearing pens and Jericho. A talk by Old-Sheep-Shearer George Ivory on the process of sheep shearing – be glad you don’t.

On to Delta and the Great Basin Museum. (a small bookstore is also in the museum.) Barbara Jones-Brown will talk about the Japanese Interment Camp near Delta. Lunch will be in a park in Delta After lunch we will visit the site of the Topaz Interment Camp.

From Topaz we join U.S. Highway 50. According to Life Magazine from the 1950s, this is the Loneliest Highway in America. It could be that, for we have more than a hundred miles to the next stop – Ely, Nevada. We will not be going to Great Basin National Park or the Lehman Caves. Plan calls for us to arrive in Ely between 3 & 4 p.m. First stop will be a railroad museum in Ely. We have rooms (most double occupancy) reserved in the Nevada Hotel. It is an old hotel, but has its charm and character. A banquet dinner is being planned in Ely with a speaker from Nevada. We had planned a side trip to the open copper mines at Ruth, but there is no consistency on the overlooks being open and the roads are dirt and dusty.

Saturday, June 6th

This is a long day with a great deal of traveling. There is no continental breakfast at the hotel. Getting up early is a must and having breakfast in the hotel. The bus will depart from the front of the hotel by 7:30 a.m.

A detour to McGill (12 miles northeast) will be made at my insistence. McGill was my second hometown. It was a company town (Kenecott Copper) I will thrill you all with stories of McGill. You will visit a bar (The McGill Club) for a little WWII nostalgia. You will visit the Swimming hole that was the center of my early life. It will be a trip down memory lane for me as we drive thru town. Then it is back to Ely and a 72-mile drive to Eurkea, Nevada. Here we will have lunch, provided by a local establishment. We had one of their sandwiches on the scouting trip and quickly ordered them for Utah Westerners. The box lunch will include a 6’-inch sandwich (beef, ham or turkey), homemade macaroni salad, chips and a cupcake. Lunch will be in a park (covered tables and restrooms, behind the opera house.)

The Eureka museum will be out first stop after lunch. The center of our attention, however, will be the Eureka Opera House. However, there is a problem. Some updating to the building is planned for the first week of June. I certainly hope we will miss it. The opera house is now owned and operated by Eureka County. Walter Cuschine, manager, said it is use for meetings, receptions, dinner and conventions more that 200 days a year. The county has spent several million dollars to make the place useful and attractive. According to a Google site, Eureka County’s estimated 2007 population was 1,559

Once we leave Eureka, it is north on Nevada Highway 278 (it is paved) to Carlin and I-80. It is an 88-mile trip. We will cross the Pony Express Trail and have a talk by Pat Hearty. It is desert but I found it quite beautiful. We crossed the Humboldt River and it was quite full,

David Jamiel, Elko BLM office, will meet us the California Interpretive Center west of Elko. It is not open yet and probably won’t be for another year due to funding woes. But David will give us a tour and tell us what the plans are for the center.

Then it is off to Elko and the Stockmen’s Hotel. We have rooms reserved there. Again, most are double occupancy. It you are interested in a single room, advance notice must be given to Steve Gallenson. There will be an additional charge.

No dinner gathering is planned for Elko. There are several Basque restaurants and we can make reservations for those who are interested.

Sunday, June 7th

The rush sort of ends. There is a restaurant in the hotel. Of course, for those Westerners so inclined, a number of ways to lose or even win at gambling available in both of our overnight stops.

Across, the large parking lot from the Stockman’s is the Pioneer Hotel. This is headquarters (actually a gift shop and tiny museum) for the Western Folklife Center. They normally close at 5 p.m. but we might be able to keep it open for an extra hour.

Sunday morning, again breakfast is on you, but the time element is a little more liberal – it will be announced later. We will tour the Northeast Nevada Museum around 11 a.m. (firm time later).

Now, I am sure, everyone will be asking, when do we get to Salt Lake? It is 231 miles to SLC. We will be making a drive-thru of Wells. Quake damage is still visible, I am sure with destruction and rebuilding (unlikely) in the future. Lunch will again be box lunch at a park in Elko. Arrival time in SLC should be late afternoon.

Questions! Call me 801-557-4476 or email at

Jerry Dunton

Part-Time Trail Boss

May 5, 2009 at 10:59 am 1 comment

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