1000 Miles

A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains:

A Prospecting Trip Across Nevada and over the Sierras

Our Project

The University Libraries, in partnership with the Washoe County Libraries will be offering a virtual exploration of a Special Collections and University Archives collection entitled "A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains." The series, aimed at 4th through 7th graders but appropriate for all ages, will explore a series of three diaries written by two prospectors as they traveled across Nevada in search of the next big bonanza.

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A dramatic reading of the journal by Jeremiah G. Nelson

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Episode 1

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine are striking out on their journey, leaving their home in Orangevale, California and heading for Byron, Nevada.
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Episode 1 Transcript
Episode 1 Worksheet
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Episode 1 Maps and Scale

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Episode 2

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine have reached Las Vegas, Nevada and meet Mr. Condee who is outfitting them with a new pack saddle for Jack.
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Episode 2 Transcript
Episode 2 Worksheet
Episode 2 Worksheet Extras
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Episode 2 Maps Extras

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Episode 3

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine are in Indian Springs, Nevada in early spring 1914. They are searching for the ever elusive gold.
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Episode 3 Worksheet
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Episode 4

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine have reached Amargosa, Nevada and are having some luck with their prospecting. 

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Episode 4 Transcript

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Episode 5

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine are still in Amargosa, Nevada and are learning more about the area, courtesy of their new friend, William G. Morris. 

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Episode 6

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine have concluded their time in Amargosa, Nevada and are packing up and making arrangements for the next leg of their adventure. 

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Episode 7

In this episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine are in Goldfield, Nevada in late summer 2914 and are figuring out the next leg of their trip while tensions in Europe are rising. 

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Episode 8

In this final episode of 1000 Miles of Desert and Mountains, George and Josephine are one mile south of Bridgeport and must figure out how to convince the burros to cross the East Walker River as they make their way into California.

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A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains

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Guest Presenters

Garrett Barmore
Mackay School of Mines Endowed Curator
unr.edu/keck

Michael P. Branch
University Foundation Professor of English
http://michaelbranchwriter.com
https://www.facebook.com/michael.branch.9047
@michaelpbranchwriter

Terri Farley
Author & Educator
www.terrifarley.com

Chrissy Klenke
Earth Sciences, GIS, and Maps Librarian
https://library.unr.edu/delamare
https://library.unr.edu/delamare/maps-and-georesources

Jeremiah G. Nelson
Actor & Poet

Tiffany Pereira
Assistant Research Scientist
Field Biologist/Range Ecologist
https://www.dri.edu/meet-tiffany-pereira/

Emily Reid
Artist and Illustrator
www.emilyreidart.com

Desert Research Institute (https://www.dri.edu/)

AJ Long
STEM & Robotics Education Manager
https://www.dri.edu/education/

Project Partners

Washoe County Public Library

Jeff Scott
Library Director, Washoe County Libraries

Joan Dalusung
Assistant Library Director, Washoe County Libraries

Beate Weinert
Youth Services and Library Events Manager

Judy Hansen
Youth Services and Library Events Librarian

John Andrews
Internet Services Librarian

University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

Kimberly Anderson
Director of Special Collections

Katherine Dirk
Digitization Lab Manager

Emily Dunster
e-Resources Technician

Nathan Gerth
Head of Digital Services

Chrissy Klenke
Earth Sciences, GIS, and Maps Librarian

Robin Monteith
Advancement and Engagement Officer

Laura Rocke
Digital Access Archivist

For questions about the 1000 Miles Project, please contact Robin Monteith @ robinmonteith@unr.edu