In the Sierra Nevada a wagon-train journey has been revived by a group of historically-minded and enterprising inhabitants of the region.
GV Wagon train moving off
CV Horses hooves
GTV Wagon train moving along
SV Buggy followed by riders
TV Wagon train around curve
CV People in wagon train (4 shots)
SCU Advertisements on wagons (4 shots)
LS Wagon train beneath mountain
SV Horses approaching (2 shots)
GV Wagon train into distance around bend
BUGLER: WAGON TRAIN WITH HORSES, MULES, WAGONS AND BUGGIES WINDING ALONG BACK-COUNTRY HIGHWAY FIFTY. (SOUND - NATURAL & COMMENTARY)
"The mule team and lead wagon alone cost 12-hundred dollars..... that rent for one week to the man who owns the rig.
"Anybody can ride in the wagon train, but you have to pay five bucks and furnish your own horse. But the big money is on the wagons, stage-coaches, and buggies. Drivers who own the wagons have to take a week off work, so sponsors pay up to 500 dollars for each wagon and driver.
"So, there are advertisements for everything from pizza to politicians.
"By the time the organisers for the wagon train line up all the money, it costs about 7 thousand dollars to move the wagon train along 65 miles of highway.
"Organisers of the Highway 50 wagon train say is only a matter of time before this bit of old west tradition prices itself right off the road."
Initials BB/1730 OJP/PW/BB/1735
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Background: In the Sierra Nevada a wagon-train journey has been revived by a group of historically-minded and enterprising inhabitants of the region. The organisers of the train have been concerned that rising costs may eventually prohibit these brief excursions into the past, but all the same manage to make the venture pay its way. The mule team and lead wagon may be hired for only 12 hundred dollars, but the minimum hire charge for the complete wagon train....which covers 65 miles along nearby Highway-Fifty... is 7 thousand dollars. Drivers who own wagons have to take time off work so sponsors are required to pay up to 500 dollars for them.
This film was supplied by the National Broadcasting Company with a sound track commentary. An alternative written commentary is also provided.
SYNOPSIS: In the Sierra Nevada, history is being revived with the help of a mule wagon-train which is available for hire.
The organisers of the Highway-Fifty wagon-train are keeping their business rolling until such time as operating costs become prohibitive. Already a mule team and led wagon cost 12 hundred dollars, and a following wagon and driver 500 dollars.
Costs are subsidized by advertising, which ranges from pizzes to politicians.
Each complete wagon train, which costs a total of seven thousand dollars to get moving, travels 65 miles along the mountain highway.
Anyone who wants to recapture the magic of past gold-rush days, can still ride the train...providing he can pay the price.