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Highway 50 Association Wagon Train returns for historic ride

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Davey "Doc " Wiser will be among the colorful characters participating in an annual wagon train from South Lake Tahoe to Placerville.
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If you go

What: Highway 50 Association Wagon Train

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5

Where: Begins at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

Tickets: Free to spectate

Info: http://www.hwy50wagontrain.com

A slice of history will come to life at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this week.

The Highway 50 Association’s 67th annual Wagon Train will gather at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on Saturday, June 4, and journey west through town on Sunday, June 5, on its way to Placerville. The event recreates historic travels of the California Gold Rush.

“In the early 1850s, one of the major land routes to California, traversing what we now know as Echo Summit and the Highway 50 corridor, became known as the ‘Roaring Road,’” according to the highway association. “Travel was so heavy through this area, oftentimes wagon trains were forced to wait for days to have their turn on the road.

“As early as 1946, almost 100 years after that first cry of ‘Gold’ echoed around the world, a group of local citizens began to ponder the possibility of recreating a wagon train to commemorate the valiant struggles of the early emigrants who found their way to their homes in California via the old ‘Roaring Road.’”

The wagon train will also stop at Rufus Allen Boulevard between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

“This is California and Nevada’s only bi-state historical moving event,” according to a press release for the wagon train. “There will be plenty of great photo ops along the way.”

More information is available at http://www.hwy50wagontrain.com.

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