Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Western States Trail: They Crossed the Mountains

Free Viewing of “They Crossed the Mountains” Documentary at Auburn’s State Theater

The documentary “They Crossed the Mountains: A History of the Western States Trail” will be shown Sunday, June 8 at noon at the State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn. The public is invited at no charge, and popcorn and drinks will be free. Seating is limited.
The one-hour film covers the usage and history of the Western States Trail, from the Native Americans to Gold Rush miners, horseback riders and runners. Twelve historians were interviewed for this film, giving the documentary a richness and depth about this route that traverses the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the Lake Tahoe area to Auburn. A portion of the documentary captures a 1931 film that features a group of Auburn men who traveled the trail on horseback, marking it along the way before this original Emigrant Trail disappeared into the wilderness. The documentary also highlights a background of how the Tevis Cup Ride and the Western States 100 Mile Run evolved and became such integral parts of Auburn’s history.
The film was sponsored by the Western States Trail Foundation (“Tevis Cup Ride”), the Western States Endurance Run Foundation, the Placer County Historical Society Foundation, the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, and the Josephine Stedem Scripps Foundation.

Contact: Kate Riordan • 530/333-2002 • irishkate@prodigy.net

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