Joyful Centennial

Joyful Centennial Margaret “Lit” Brush, president of the Searles Valley Historical Society and curator of the society’s museums, holds aloft the key to the city of Trona, presented to her as grand marshal of the Trona Centennial Parade on March 29. Brush estimated that more than 1,000 people attended the event, which featured a street dance, vendors, a replica of Austin Hall, a car show, a well-attended symposium on Trona history, a reunion of former Trona residents, a video retrospective of photos dating back to 1870 and unveiling of a sculptured plaque. All four museums were open and guided tours of various historic spots around the Searles Valley. “It was fantastic!” said Brush.

Visitors praised the involvement of the entire community in a very well-run ceremony characterized by its warmth, comprehensiveness and just plain fun. See more about the History Symposium on page 4.

Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2014-04-02