Ash Hollow Historical Pageant
Experience the fever of the California Gold Rush of 1949 in this year’s 19th Annual Ash Hollow Historical Pageant. An outdoor theater, 35-member cast, and live band transport the audience to a different time through diary quotes and songs. Relish a traditional Chuck Wagon supper of roast beef, kettle beans, coleslaw, and fry bread with local honey. Unwind to a barber shop quartet and cowboy poet before the show in stunning Ash Hollow State Historical Park, where pioneers entered the North Platte River Valley.
19th Annual Ash Hollow Historical Pageant - “California Gold Rush of 1849”
Date: June 17 and 18, 2011, 6:30pm Performance
Location: Ash Hollow State Historical Park, Lewellen
Rain Location: Garden County Junior High on Hwy 26, Lewellen
EventsFun events are scheduled for both Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th in Lewellen and at the Ash Hollow Historical Park. Click here for times and locations.
Lawn chairs or blankets, performance seating is not provided.
Park permits required for park entrance: $20 annual or $4 day pass, one per vehicle – available for sale upon entry.
Jacket and bug spray – the temperature cools after the sun sets.
HistoryThe Ash Hollow Historical Pageant began in 1993 with the celebration of 150 years since the first pioneers headed to Oregon. Pioneers were looking for land, religious freedom and wealth in the years of 1843 to 1864 on the Oregon – California and Mormon Trails. All trails converged along the Platte River. Pioneers generally followed the south side, crossed the South Platte near Big Springs and then headed north to the North Platte River dropping down into the valley at the best place to descend the bluffs. Looking at the trail ruts in Ash Hollow it is hard to imagine it was the best location! The pageant has an idyllic site on the very ground where pioneers stopped to rest at a fresh water spring on the Trail. With the deepening shadows of the evening and the backdrop of the limestone cliffs, the music starts and the performance begins. This year the diary readings focus on the mad rush to get rich with the discovery of gold in 1849. Thousands headed for California and many left amazing diary descriptions of their trip west.