Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald



Brothers Mark and Casey Boothby brought their families home to Baker City for the Thanksgiving holiday and were among those to participate in Family Fun Day at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Friday.

Seven-year-old Ella Boothby and her little sister, Hadley, 4, toured the center with their parents Casey and Janelle Boothby, who traveled from Boise. Mark and Amy Boothby made the trip from Homedale, Idaho, with their two girls, Logan, 8, and Mason, 3.

They gathered for the holiday at the home of the men's parents, Glen and Shawna Boothby.

The Boothbys, including Grandma and Grandpa, listened to the pioneers

tell their stories as they walked through the center, stood next to the

life-size buffalo and watched a miniature stamp mill demonstrate how

gold was pounded from ore.

Alexa Nickens, 11, guided Ella and Hadley through a project to make

imprints of animal tracks, leaves and other shapes and designs on paper.

Alexa's brother, Austin Nickens, 14, supervised the beeswax

candle-making project. And Sara Durflinger and her mother, Jan

Durflinger, were on hand to help the girls make bird feeders.