Discover what the California Trail Heritage Alliance (CTHA) is doing!

CTHA believes in doing projects today that are of value now and in the future.  Our mission is to enhance the California Trail experience for the community, visiting public and future generations.  This means that we are interested and involved in a number of projects.  Many are “hands-on” projects where we work together in the great outdoors.  We walk where the emigrants walked.  Some are projects done by an individual at their computer.  Some of our recent activities are discussed below.  If you like what you see, consider joining the California Trail Heritage Alliance!

Elko Hot Hole

The Elko “Hot Hole” is a camp site mentioned in many of the emigrant journals and diaries.  CTHA, through a matching grant from Travel Nevada has completed fencing the site with an attractive [...]

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Educational Trunks

In a collaborative effort with the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), funded by a Union Pacific Foundation grant, five educational trunks have been created for teachers around Northern [...]

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Mapping the Hasting Cutoff

The Hastings Cutoff crosses almost 90 miles of northeastern Nevada.  Entering Nevada near Wendover, it roughly parallels Interstate 80 until it rejoins the California Trail west of Elko NV.  While [...]

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CTHA has increased visitation 150% since 2012 through aggressive multi-media marketing. The primary sources of our funding are Travel Nevada, the Elko Recreation Board, and the Elko Convention [...]

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CITC guides are available in Spanish and stories are available in Mandarin. With an awareness that just under 30% of the local population and many of the visitors are Hispanic, CTHA supported the [...]

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The Western Emigrant Trail Collection

For some years, books, diaries, professional journals, and other information about the California Trail, Hastings Cutoff and related topics have been donated to or purchased for the California [...]

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