“Guns of the Old West” at Mormon Station State Historic Park June 20

Ranger Jim Black discusses “Guns of the Old West” at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa, Nevada.

GENOA, Nev.–The Nevada Division of State Parks is offering a free presentation called “Guns of the Old West” on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa.

Beginning at 11:00 am, 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 one hour presentation will be located 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 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. There is a $2.00 museum entry fee. Children 12 and under are free. Park visitors can enjoy picnicking, walking in the stockade and viewing the wagon shelter at no charge.

Call Mormon Station at (775) 782-2590 for more information.

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.

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