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Kit Carson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Plasse Resort

Since 1853

 
 
Plasse Resort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
1. Plasse Resort Marker
Inscription. Raymond Peter Plasse arrived 1850 in San Francisco. Mined gold at Volcano & Aqueduct. In 1853 started a trading post (now site) on Emigrant Road near Westerís Gap. & a log cabin (now used at Silver Lake. Traded supplies & fresh livestock with emigrants. Tourist resort built circa 1900 by Raymondís children. His grandsonís operated cattle business to 1977 and resort to 1979.
Maurice John Passe Family
Amador County Board of Supervisors
In Amador Countyís
125th Anniversary Year, 1979

 
Erected 1979 by Maurice John Passe Family and the Amador County Board of Supervisors.
 
Location. 38° 38.26′ N, 120° 7.58′ W. Marker is in Kit Carson, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Plasse Road near Carson Pass Scenic Byway (California Highway 88). Click for map. Marker is located on the historic trading post building. The resort is located at the west end of Silver Lake. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30001 Plasse Road, Pioneer CA 95666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plasseís Trading Post (here, next to this marker); Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tragedy Spring
Plasse Resort and Plasse's Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
2. Plasse Resort and Plasse's Trading Post Marker
These markers are mounted on the front of the trading post building.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Maiden's Grave (approx. 2.5 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 5.4 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 6 miles away); Summer Retreat (approx. 6.5 miles away); Old Emigrant Road (approx. 6.6 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Kit Carson.
 
Also see . . .
1. Photo Gallery of the Plasse Resort. Several photographs of the resort and Silver Lake (Submitted on July 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Rootsweb Account of Ramond Plasse. Scroll to the last paragraph to read about Ramond Passe, and an incident of an attempted robbery. (Submitted on July 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Historic Plassesís Resort – Silver Lake, California
From the Plassesís Resort Brochure:

Early in 1850, Ramon Pierre Plasse left his Native city of Lyons, France, sailed around the horn and arrived in San Francisco in time for the Gold Rush. In 1853 he established the trading post on the Carson Emigrant Trail.

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Markers Mounted on Front of Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
3. Markers Mounted on Front of Building
Summer (date unknown) Ramon Pierre came to Silver Lake Basin and established a summer range for the cattle and horses traded and sold at the trading post to the emigrants going West. A log cabin, still at the resort, served as his home for several years.

Ramon Pierre married Louise Retrou in 1862 and spent the summers in a two room house built by Ramon for his new bride. This house is one of the historic buildings located at Plasseís Resort. They had five children who were to continue the tradition of pioneering established by the Plasse family.

As tourism increased, the 3 oldest children, Peter, Maurice, and Alice established a resort that included a hotel, campground, the existing cook house, general store, and meat market. Cabins and stables were later added. In 1919 the current restaurant building was built.

The Silver Lake Post Office ws established in 1936 with Miss Alice as the first postmistress. The post office remained in operation into the 1990ís.

The original barn, stables, and hotel are gone. The original lodge burned down in 1970, resulting in the loss of many priceless artifacts.

Maurice and Caralita, along with their children ran the resort until 2001, when the current owners, all long residents of Amador County purchased the resort.
    — Submitted July 30, 2009, by Syd
Plasse's Trading Post Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
4. Plasse's Trading Post Building
This building now houses an arcade room with arcade games for guests.
Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Plasse's Resort image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
5. Plasse's Resort
Building on left is a general store and gift shop, building in center is the historic trading post and building on right is the restaurant.
Silver Lake Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
6. Silver Lake Chapel
Plaque on building reads:
Silver Lake Chapel
Dedicated August 5, 1973
This plaque in memory of
William Hildebrand
Chapel Chairman
1972 - 1997
View of Silver Lake from Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
7. View of Silver Lake from Chapel
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,432 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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