Old Spanish Trail Days coming Saturday
BARSTOW • The Old Spanish Trail Association Mojave River chapter is hosting its inaugural Old Spanish Trail Days on Saturday.
Viola Basulto was announced the co-chair of the event and is excited about Barstow’s first Old Spanish Trails event.
“I’m hoping to see at least 200 people show up for our first event,” Basulto said. “We really want to educate the community about protecting and preserving the old Spanish trail. Just imagine if you were walking through all these surrounding mountains in the 1800s and saw the Mojave River. Think about that sight.”
The trail runs directly through Barstow and was the first major trail that existed between Santa Fe, N.M., and Los Angeles.
Basulto said the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the city of Barstow have helped in orchestrating the event. On Sept. 3, the city approved the chapter’s proposal to waive the $700 fee associated with the use of the Dana Park building.
Several guest speakers, musical acts and a mule packing demonstration from professional packer Jerry Hieder will provide entertainment. There will also be a blacksmith display, activities for children, a sheepherding demonstration, a spinning and carding demo and a historical covered wagon on display from Wagon Train Ranch in Phelan, among other attractions, Basulto said.
The free event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dana Park and the Mojave River Valley Museum, located at the intersection of Virginia Way and Barstow Road.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.