‘Guns of the Old West’ presentation is today
June 19, 2007
The Nevada Division of State Parks is offering a free presentation called “Guns of the Old West” today at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa. Beginning at 11 a.m., park ranger and gun enthusiast Jim Black will give a one-hour presentation on the evolution and use of firearms.
Black will display and discuss original firearms as well as replicas including muzzleloaders, flintlocks, cartridges, repeaters and more. This presentation will take place in the pavilion and will include a question- and-answer session. After the program, participants are encouraged to tour the museum and see the 8-gauge and 10-gauge double-barrel shotguns from the 1850s as well as the child’s Hamilton 22 rifle.
The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. There is a $2 museum entry fee. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Park visitors can enjoy picnicking, walking in the stockade and viewing the wagon shelter at no charge. For more information call Mormon Station at (775) 782-2590.
Mormon Station State Historic Park is the site of Nevada’s first permanent non-native settlement. Mormon Station is located in the small town of Genoa, 12 miles south of Carson City. The park features a replica of the original trading post built in 1851, which houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days, as well as picnic and group facilities. Mormon Station is open May through October.