Huff Wagon Train: Introduction

January 3 - 27, 2005

Follow the adventure as dozens of school students from California and Texas boarded mule-drawn wagons to retrace the route of gold rush adventurer William P. Huff, whose 300,000-word diary shares a detailed account of his mid-1800s trip from near Houston to near Fresno, California. This journey took the students from El Paso through the southern tip of New Mexico and then back across Texas. See their daily adventures, the proclamation at the capitol and the ceremony at the Houston grave of William Huff, where they turned over the diary to his descendants.

The students will share their experiences by publishing a book in the summer of 2005.


This educational project is a partnership venture of Madera Unified School District, Madera, California; the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; the Texas Historical Commission; and the many generous and gracious communities along the route.

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