Tue, Jun 22 | Online Program On Zoom

Hard Road West: History and Geology Along the Gold Rush Trail

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Hard Road West: History and Geology Along the Gold Rush Trail

Time & Location

Jun 22, 2021, 6:00 PM
Online Program On Zoom

About The Event

Date: Tuesday, June 22nd

Program Time: 6PM

The discovery of gold in California in 1849 triggered the largest overland migration in American history. Thousands of settlers, dazzled by visions of riches, piled into wagons and rolled west. As geology professor, Keith Meldahl, recounts in his book Hard Road West, it didn’t take long for these folks to learn some harsh lessons about geography. Their diaries reveal their astonishment and fear as they struggled to cross the saw-toothed mountains and barren deserts of the American West. Keith blends their story with the equally dramatic story of the landscape itself, peeling back layers of rock and time to show how geologic forces molded the rough-hewn lands of the West. 


All registrants will receive a Zoom link via email a day prior to the start of the program. Click on the link included in that email to view the program live on June 22nd at 6PM.

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