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Treasures: January 2015

Learn about pioneer history and find sculptures made of marine debris.

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Bronze statues at the California Trail Interpretive Center, Elko, Nev., image
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A bronze statue of an elephant enchants at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nev.


An 11-foot bronze elephant on its hind legs—an emblem of settlers’ eye-opening journeys West—greets visitors at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nev. Replicas of typical pioneer encampments highlight the rigors of wagon travel.

Washed Ashore, an eco-arts organization based in Bandon, Ore., creates sea-debris sculptures to raise awareness of marine habitat pollution. The group’s volunteers have turned 12 tons of plastic trash into more than 45 larger-than-life ocean creatures, including Rufus the Triggerfish. Find traveling exhibits at

Photography courtesy of Dianne L. Cooper, Sculptor


This article was first published in January 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.