What was the Congregational Cadet Corps?
What was the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition?
In the spirit of expeditions and explorations, the Congregational Cadet Corps of Eureka decided to take a trip up to Portland. At this point in time, however, there were only trails and incredibly rough roads connecting the two towns. The boys and their leaders decided to hike their way over 510 miles of rugged, mountainous terrain to Portland. Nearly 70 boys went on this month-long journey, with the oldest being 18 years old and the youngest being 10 years old. They averaged 20 miles a day with the longest day was 36 miles. Along the way, the boys would perform circus-esque shows to raise money and, upon reaching the fair, performed a show for 22,000 spectators. They were allowed to camp on site at the fair and returned to Humboldt County via steam ship.