Pioneer Day at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park


Photos and Written by: Janet Synder

Sept 15th, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park turned back the clock to their early days as a pioneer ranch. Attendees experienced the sights, smells, and tastes of the Nevada frontier. There was wood branding, fresh squeezed lemonade, spinning, quilting, weaving, the Old Time Nevada Fiddlers, a bluegrass band, an appearance from Jackson the Burro and Carson the Mustang, and costumed interpreters brought the past to life. There were games, arts and crafts for all ages, including homemade whirly-gigs, rag doll making, potato sack races, and hobby horse races. Citizens discovered what school was like for pioneer children and learned how to square dance as park volunteers demonstrated how it was done almost two hundred years ago.