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Days of 49 Wagon Train

Date: Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2019

The colorful Kit Carson Mountain Men will rendezvous for their living history Days of 49 Wagon Train re-enactment through the Gold Country, where everyone is invited to visit with horse-men and women at stops and encampments along the way. All public events are free.

An authentic wagon train of 16 horse-drawn covered wagons will start their journey from Ione to Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Drytown, Amador City and Sutter Creek, to Jackson for a celebration of California’s pioneer heritage.

The public is invited to join the wagon train nightly for barbecue dinners and casual entertainment, such as singing by the campfire.

Laughton Ranch owners, Bobbi & Jim Laughton, have graciously offered their ranch in Jackson for the Saturday encampment site. There is plenty of room for our “not so small” army of rigs & trailers, easy public parking and access to the circle of wagons.

The Saturday program will start earlier in the day providing families a chance to enjoy a petting zoo, several living history programs, music and vendors peddling their wares. Our late afternoon entertainment will include the Old West Variety Show highlighting local talent and possibly a later evening barn dance with a live band.

The public is invited to join the wagon train afternoons and evenings for barbecue dinners and casual entertainment. Admission is free to all events.

Wednesday, April 24
The Wagon Train departs from the Howard Park in Ione, headed to Main Street for a community photo and visit with the Wagon Train. Then it’s on to the Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St., Plymouth for the night. Visit the Wagon Train at the Fairgrounds, 5 – 8 pm, for casual barbecue.

Thursday, April 25
Thursday morning the Wagon Train will make a loop through Plymouth to wave to the children at the Plymouth Elementary School, stop on Main Street and drive through 49er Village RV Resort before heading off to Drytown via ranch roads. The Wagon Train will stop on Spanish Street in Drytown for a visit and photos, and then head to a nearby ranch for a private encampment.

Friday, April 26
Old Highway 49 will become the Wagon Train trail. Amador City is the first stop for a visit (and photos!) with the Wagon Train. Continuing the drive on back roads, the train will stop for a late lunch in Sutter Creek before their final leg up to the Italian Picnic Grounds, 581 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek, for a sunset barbecue, music, square dancing demonstration, 5 – 9 pm.

Saturday, April 27
The Wagon Train begins the morning travelling through beautiful ranch land off Ridge Road. They will visit with residents at Oak Manor Retirement Complex next to the Amador Senior Center in Jackson and continue through Jackson before camping at the historic Laughton Ranch, (90 Clinton Road, Jackson, across from Raley’s).

All day (10 am – 5pm), Laughton Ranch will be hosting Gold Rush family entertainment with Living History activities, petting zoo, food vendors, Old West Variety Show and, of course, the Wagon Train and the teamsters’ beautiful horses and authentic wagons.
Saturday evening, 5 – 9 pm, the fun continues with a Barn Dance and barbecue.

Sunday, April 28
The Wagon Train returns to Main Street, Jackson, at 11 am with the entertaining Wagon Train Parade of horses, wagons and pioneer fun. At the end of the parade, the Wagon Train will stop for photos and a meet and greet with the Kit Carson Mountain Men and wagoneers.
This free, community-wide celebration highlights Amador County’s historic Main Streets and California’s pioneer history.

For more information contact John Quierolo or Dianne Oneto at (916) 965-1136

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