Fandango Pass in Modoc County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Applegate-Lassen Trail
Erected 1956 by California State Park Comm. Modoc County Board of Supervisors, Alturas Parlor No. 159 Native Daughters of the Golden West July 15, 1956 Redicated By E Clampus Vitus, 1992. (Marker Number 546.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Applegate Trail, the E Clampus Vitus, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 41° 48.094′ N, 120° 12.336′ W. Marker is in Fandango Pass, California, in Modoc County. Marker is on Fandango Pass Road (County Road 9) 4 miles west of Surprise Valley Road (County Road 1), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located between about 10.8 mi east of Emigrant Trails Scenic Byway (U.S. Highway 395). Marker is in this post office area: Lake City CA 96115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Applegate Trail (here, next to this marker); Applegate Trail - Descent to Goose Lake (approx. 8.4 miles away); Applegate Trail - New Road to Yreka (approx. 10 miles away); Willow Ranch (approx. 10.5 miles away).
Also see . . . California National Historic Trail and Fandango Pass. Bureau of Land Management web site.
1. Fandango Pass
This was once a major emigrant route to Oregon and was part of Peter Lassenís “Lassen Horn Trail”.
There are more than one story as to how the pass was named. One story states that late in 1851, a large party pf emigrants were camped here. Having made it through the Nevada desert they celebrated by dancing the fandango. Outside the circle of wagons and campfires Piute Indians gathered, attacked and slaughtered the emigrants. From then on this “Lassen Pass” was known as “Fandango Pass”.
Today historians find much to prove that this story is not true. One member of the Wolverine Rangersí diary gives a more authentic account of the name. Their group was camped in the valley in 1849 when it grew so cold that the men danced all night to keep warm and so named the place “Fandango”.
This route was extensively traveled from 1848 until 1853. The importance of Fandango Pass declined even further after 1869 when the Cedar Pass wagon road was opened.
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