July 28, 1997 |
So what do people do after spending three months pushing and pulling handcarts and wagons 1,100 miles across the plains? For the most part, they go back to their homes and their ordinary lives. Ted Moore will return to gold prospecting and finish setting up a mobile home park. Tom and Linda Whitaker will return to run their hair salon in Washington. But saying that we will be returning to our ordinary lives is not to say that we will return as we left.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 |
Liz Blackwelder saddled her horse in Pomona, put on her wide-brimmed hat and started riding east across the United States. She hit winter weather in Arizona and northern New Mexico, trudging on through snow and temperatures so low that icicles formed on the nose of her horse, Chungo. As the miles and months passed, she faced dust storms, rain and heat, sometimes depending on the kindness of strangers for a hot meal. Finally, six months later, she rode into Valley Forge, Pa., a distance of about 2,500 miles.
July 3, 1986 |
The Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train ended its six-month, 3,000-mile circle of the state Wednesday by meandering into town for a rendezvous with Gov. Mark White. The 150 wagons, many of them actual 19th-Century models that were refurbished for the trip, and 600 horseback riders reined into Gateway Park about 2 p.m. White arrived by helicopter an hour and a half later.
July 23, 1997 |
After 97 days of walking, riding, pushing handcarts and pulling wagons over more than 1,100 miles, the survivors came to the end of the trail Tuesday when they arrived at This Is the Place State Park. When Brigham Young uttered the words that gave the site its name 150 years ago, there was no welcoming party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2000 |
When you think about it, Las Vegas is the one place these folks may not stand out. But they will be easy to spot at any other point along the 800-mile trail between Salt Lake City and San Bernardino. Just look for more than 200 Mormons, dressed in pioneer garb, traveling in covered wagons.
January 28, 1988 |
The widow of "Wagon Train" star Ward Bond died early today in a house fire tentatively blamed on her smoking in bed, authorities said. The fire that killed Mary Lou Bond, 73, left her present husband, John Diggs, 73, critically burned. Mrs. Bond, 77, kept the name of the actor who died in 1960.
May 1, 1990 |
Nearly a century after her death, a simple marker has been placed on the grave of a member of the Donner Party--pioneers trapped in a Sierra blizzard who ate the flesh of dead companions to stay alive. Mary Graves Clarke settled in Tulare County after the Donner ordeal. Forty-eight people survived the brutal winter of 1846-47 by resorting to cannibalism of 42 others who died. At 19, Clarke left Independence, Mo.
June 9, 1991
Students at Grandview School in Valinda will perform a musical, "Two Partners," to honor William Workman and John Rowland, who led the first Overland covered wagon train into Southern California, according to teacher Barbara Ricchio, who wrote the play. Admission is free to the performance at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the school at 795 N. Grandview Lane.
February 15, 1993
John Steadman, 83, gravelly voiced character actor who was a longtime editor for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. He began his career as a radio announcer in his native Greenville, S.C., and joined the armed forces operation in the 1950s. His movie credits include "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and several Burt Reynolds films including "The Longest Yard," "Gator" and "White Lightning."