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Gay Berrien, author, columnist, and retired Forest Service employee presents Packing with Horses and Mules in Northwestern Trinity County, at the Humboldt County Historical Society program meeting on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of the Humboldt County Library, 1313 Third Street, Eureka. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

Berrien presents a PowerPoint program beginning with the Jedediah Smith party and ending with the story of the Ladd family and its pack train. Berrien, a Big Bar resident who for many years lived at Denny and knew Grover Hayden Ladd, is the author of the newly published book, Grover Hayden Ladd, A New River Packer.

Ladd’s family came to the headwaters of New River during the hardrock mining boom of the early 1880s, but over time acquired a store and post office, and eventually homesteaded a ranch downstream at the present location of Denny. Berrien’s new book describes Ladd, his family and friends, the Ladd pack train, and includes background on placer and hardrock mining, the local Forest Service, weather events, and the school system.

The book also includes many of the Ladd family photographs that are archived at the Jake Jackson Museum, and is a sequel to Dr. Valerie Budig-Markin’s 2004 book on Grover Ladd’s mother, Nellie E. Ladd, Mining Camp Photographer of the Trinity Alps, 1859-1922.


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Join Gay Berrien for a PowerPoint slide show about northwestern Trinity County during the packing and mining years. She will also sign copies of her new book, Grover Hayden Ladd, A New River Packer, which will be available for purchase.

For more information please contact the Humboldt County Historical Society at 445-4342, or visit http://www.humboldthistory.org/.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GAY BERRIEN

Grover Hayden Ladd, New River packer.