Douglas County Historical Society to host July lecture
Douglas County Historical Society will host its July lecture on Thursday, July 12.
Retired high school teacher Jim Bonar will speak on “The Fremont Cannon, Where is it?” Bonar will try to answer a few of these questions: Is the Nevada cannon the same cannon John Fremont dragged across the county in 1844? What happened to the cannon after Fremont left it in the Sierra that cold January? Hear the tale of the possible answers to these questions and how it affects our lives and beliefs today.
Bonar has been a resident in the Reno area for about 30 years. He spent five years of his youth in Green River, Wyo., on the Lincoln Highway, and near the Oregon, California emigrant trail where he became interested in roads and their history. He later became a member of both the Lincoln Highway Association and the Oregon California Trails Association. He has served as the president of the Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association and is on the national board as the Nevada State Director. Bonar is also a member of many of the local historical organizations, so after retirement; he began studying the early trails through Nevada. In his retirement, his hopes to help protect and teach the legacy of our Nevada trails history by giving lectures and tours about the old highways and trails.
The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Hwy 395 N. in Gardnerville, Nev. For more information, call 775-782-2555.