Ghosts of Bridgeport and Historic-Barn Opening

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Brief History

This was a great day at the park.  The docents and park rangers put on the annual Ghosts of Bridgeport pageant and, with the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, also celebrated the opening of the Historic Barn as a museum of Gold Rush Era transportation.  The day was warm and beautiful and we had the largest attendance ever for a park event. We give heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers and associations who made the barn opening dream into a reality.  To see a complete schedule of events and wagon layout in the barn, click the button below:

Barn Opening

The Barn Stormin' Committee

Don Denton, Chairman

Diane Marten, President, SYRPA

Clint Gunderson, Vice-President, SYRPA

George Tilley, Treasurer, SYRPA

Jean Wilson, Secretary, SYRPA



Community Outreach: Judy Nichols and Howard Voshell

Construction: Bill Haselhorst, Bert Hall and Tom Hall

Grants and Institutional Donations: Betty McCown and Dennis Monax

Historical Resource Advisor: Chuck Scimeca

Publicity: Cheryl Madrid

Interpretive Panels: Dick Alexander,  Barbara Brueckner,  Dave Macdonald,

Steve Pauly and Chuck Scimeca


We also give thanks to the many volunteers who put on this wonderful two-for-one day of activities, and in particular their leaders:

Celebration Coordinators:

Event Chairmen: Donna Brown and Diane Marten

Decorations and Set-up Chairmen:Tuffy Haselhorst and Vicky Macdonald

Resource Chairmen: Doug Leach and Barry Connick

California State Park Liaisons


Ron Munson, Superintendent, Sierra Gold Sector

Donna Rea Jones, Regional Interpretive Specialist, Cultural Resource Division

Bill Lindemann, Interpretive Specialist, Sierra District

Judith Polanich, Museum Curator II, Sierra District

Steve Moses, Chief of State Parks Maintenance


South Yuba River State Park Staff


Jeremy McReynolds, Supervising Ranger;

Jeremy Alling, Park Ranger;

Wayne Deese, Park Ranger;

Mike Smittle, Park Ranger;

Kahn, K9 Park Ranger;

Mike Martinez, Park Maintenance Assistant

Photo Credits: Herb Lindberg