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Guided tour Sunday May 28, 1-3 pm


The barn will be open for a guided tour on Sunday May 28, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Come and see the inside of the barn (normally closed to the public) and learn about pioneer life in the 1880s. The tour includes a walk through the homestead, along a former gold mining ditch and along the California to Oregon stage road. Sturdy shoes are recommended for the walk.

Workday: Sunday May 21

Interior of Bowerman Barn

The next volunteer workday has been scheduled for Sunday May 21 at 1 pm to 3 pm. The plan is to clear the temporary interpretive trail by weed whacking an removing some small trees in the path of the permanent interpretive trail. Another item is to clean the inside of the barn by removing straw.

All are welcome and bring string trimmers, rakes, hand tools, and chain saws. Proper attire is sensible long pants, closed toe shoes and suitable personal protective equipment for hand and power tools.


Docent Tours on Saturday Afternoon, July 2nd, 1 to 3 pm

Docent guided tours will be available at the Bowerman Barn and Ranch on Saturday July 2nd from 1 to 3 pm.

We invite you to visit the Bowerman Barn and Ranch as guides describe pioneer life in the 1880’s.

Imagine living along the main transportation route between California and Oregon, housing team-sters and their mules, selling butter and beef to miners and exploring the Trinity Alps. Join us and learn about the life of these early settlers of Trinity County.


Docent Tours on Memorial Day Weekend!

Inside the barn
Inside the barn

We invite you to visit the Bowerman Barn and Ranch as guides describe pioneer life in the 1880’s on Saturday, May 28th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm and Sunday, May 29th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

During the docent guided tour times, the barn will be open and visitors are invited to view the interior. The walking tour around the barn is over uneven ground and  sturdy shoes are recommended. There is no charge for the tour.

The Forest Service mules are back in the Bowerman pasture in preparation for the summer season.


Work Day Scheduled for Sunday May 22, 2016

Volunteers are needed for the next work day on Sunday May 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm to layout the interpretive trail. The work will consist of weed-whacking, cutting branches, raking etc. to make a nicer trail for the upcoming Memorial day weekend docent tour events. 1 pm is the safety briefing and the finish up will be about 3 pm. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Bowerman workday scheduled for September 6, 2014

Please join us on Saturday, September 6th for the next Bowerman Barn workday. At 8:30 am, coffee and pastries will be served. This is a good time to catch up with neighbors. At 8:50 am, the safety briefing will start, and at 9:00 am we will break into work groups.

Based on meetings with Peter Schmidt and Penny Del Bene from the USFS cultural resource office, the group has permission to start replacing the split rail fence at the cemetery with a more historically-appropriate picket fence. The group will start disassembling the old fence, replacing posts, and installing stringers for the future pickets.

Another group will work on lopping some of the blackberries on the old homestead site. This will enable metal detecting to help identify the location of the original house foundation. Bring long-handled loppers if you have some. There is a lopper left from last workday, if you can’t find yours.

The work groups will break at 11:30 and receive an update on recent developments related to the Barn and ranch. Bring a lunch if you wish.