ELKO — At 2 p.m. Saturday, a free presentation on the story of the Basques in the Great Basin is being offered by The California Trail Interpretive Center.

Kent McAdoo, of the University of Nevada, Reno Extension Service, discuss the influences of the Basque on Elko’s culture and landscape.

In 1970, 90 percent of the sheep herders in the Great Basin were of Basque heritage, yet by 1976 only 14 percent of the sheep herders were of Basque descent.

In “Basque Herders – the End of an Era,” McAdoo will explain the marks they left on the landscape and why their numbers in the sheep ranching industry declined so steeply in the last 40 years.

In addition, a restored 1910 sheepwagon, owned by Cliff and Lynne Brown of Elko, will be on display.

Other new exhibits at the Center include the murals in the Great Basin Room depicting the Great Basin Native American story along with the new bronze sculpture of a Great Basin native woman now installed on the plaza.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located eight miles west of Elko at Hunter Exit 292. The Trail Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For information, call the Trail Center at 738-1849 or visit californiatrailcenter.org.

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