July lecture series discusses Fremont cannon
July 5, 2012
The Douglas County Historical Society’s July lecture is 7 p.m. July 12 at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
Jim Bonar will be speaking on “The Fremont cannon, where is it?” Bonar will try to answer a few of these questions: Is the Nevada cannon the same cannon John Fremont dragged across the county in 1844? What happened to the cannon after Fremont left it in the Sierra that cold January? Hear the tale of the possible answers to these questions and how it affects our lives and beliefs today.
Bonar has been a resident in the Reno area for close to 30 years and is a retired high school teacher. He spent five years of his youth in Green River, Wyo., on the Lincoln Highway, and near the Oregon, California emigrant trail where he became interested in roads and their history. He later became a member of the Lincoln Highway Association and the Oregon California Trails Association. He has served as the president of the Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, and is on the national board as the Nevada State Director. Bonar is also a member of many of the local historical organizations, so after retirement he began studying the early trails through Nevada. In his retirement his concern is to protect and teach the legacy of our Nevada trails history, and is undertaking this by giving lectures and tours about the old highways and trails.
Admission is $3, and free to historical society members.
The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural center is located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. For more information, call 782-2555.