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2018 Activities

Roller Pass Hike – Truckee River Route

The Roller Pass Hiking Group

The hike to Roller Pass on July 15th was a great success.  It was over six miles, up and down,  round trip but it was worth it!

Looking Down Roller Pass




Seeing yet another amazing feat accomplished by the emigrants was incredible.

The Later Alternative Route

Our thanks to CA-NV member David Fullerton for his well planned leadership and informative narrative during the hike.



It was a steep trail all the way up to the pass.

July 20 – 22


“As seen in the Fall 2017 Overland Journal!”

OCTA member David Book, KD7YIM, will be teaching a One-Day Amateur Radio Licensing “FastClass” in Reno as part of the Nevada Section Amateur Radio Conference. The class will be at the Boomtown Casino Hotel in Reno NV on July 21st. This is the site of the July 20-22 Nevada State Amateur Radio Convention.

David’s enthusiasm stems from needing wider communications capability where cell phone coverage is poor. Black Rock is a good example as there are two amateur radio repeaters in that area. The repeaters pick up the signal from a small handheld radio and rebroadcast it to a much wider area.

Ham licenses are free and are good for 10 years. They are “head and shoulders above a CB radio or small FRS radios.”

A further explanation of Ham Radio and the class by David, and links to reading material, sample tests and registration, can be found at NVCON.org.

May 16 – Carson River Route along Mormon Emigrant Trail – Further work to be done on this project.  For more information email : canvocta@gmail.com

July 16 – Georgetown Cutoff near Ice House Reservoir

August 15- 16 – Carson River Route near Mud Lake east of Tragedy Spring

September – Possible work along Pioneer Trail in Lake Valley

October 10 -17 (day to be determined) – Johnson’s Cutoff working with Generation Green brushing the trail

Watch for other projects on the Carson River Route, Beckwourth Trail and the Volcano Road.

For more information about upcoming activities email the Chapter at canvocta@gmail.com


CA-NV Chapter OCTA
 Meeting and Symposium

April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018
Fernley and Fallon, Nevada

Looking east on the 40 Mile Desert

Saturday included three speakers.  Bill Adams shared his experiences leading wagon trips across the 40 Mile Desert. Ron Bell spoke about the Pony Express Association in Nevada and Ken Johnston presented a new theory about  Peter Lassen, J. Goldsborough Bruff  and the discovery of the Nobles Trail.



Sunday morning those attending had  a choice of  touring  the Naval Air Station at Fallon Top-Gun School or a tour of  sites on the 40 Mile Desert.




Petroglyph at Grimes Point

The afternoon was spent at Grimes Point Archaeology Site and a tour of Hidden Cave.

Inside Hidden Cave


Dick Young  

Dick Young

Richard (Dick) Carroll Young, 85, of Yuba City, passed away August 6, 2017. He was born in Sacramento to Anne and Jacob Young and graduated from CK McClatchy High School. He married Joan Bosworth in 1954, graduated from UNR in Civl Engineering to begin his 38 year career at Division of Highways/CalTrans.

During his life, Dick presided as Mayor of Yuba City and President of Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and El Dorado County STAR at So. Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Young; children, Sharon Wonder, Peter Young, Christina Estabrook; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2170 South Avenue, SLT, CA 96150 or South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., SLT, CA 96150 or Oregon California (emigrant) Trails Association, 524 S. Osage Street, Independence, MO 64050.

A Celebration Life will be held at St. Andrew Church, Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1-4 pm.

Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 19 to Sept. 18, 2017

Reno Gazette-Journal   August 8, 2017

Preserving history: Saving the Fernley Swales