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

Tragedy Spring

No 338

 

—Erected 1967 —

 
Tragedy Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
1. Tragedy Spring Marker
Inscription. This campsite on the Kit Carson Emigrant Trail was a resting place for California settlers. It was named by members of the Mormon Battalion enroute to Salt Lake Valley. Three of their men, serving as advance trail scouts, were murdered here by unknown persons June 27, 1848. Battalion friends, arriving a few days later, buried them in a common grave and carved their names (Henderson Cox, Ezra Allen, Daniel Browett) on a nearby tree, thus preserving the grave’s location.
 
Erected 1967 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Sacramento County. (Marker Number 338.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Mormon Battalion marker series.
 
Location. 38° 38.364′ N, 120° 8.817′ W. Marker is in Kit Carson, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Tragedy Springs Road near Carson Pass Scenic Byway (California Highway 88). Click for map. Gravesite and additional markers are located a short hike from the main marker. Marker is in this post office area: Kit Carson CA 95644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plasse’s Trading Post (approx. 1.1 miles away); Plasse Resort
Tragedy Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
2. Tragedy Spring Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Maiden's Grave (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 5.9 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 6.6 miles away); Summer Retreat (approx. 7.2 miles away); Old Emigrant Road (approx. 7.4 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Kit Carson.
 
Additional keywords. Mormon Emigrant Trail
 
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Sign at Beginning of Trail to the Gravesite. image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
3. Sign at Beginning of Trail to the Gravesite.
Modern day travelers are invited to pause & rest as the pioneers did. Tragedy Spring Park was developed by cooperative agreement El Dorado National Forest & Sacramento County, Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
Fountain on the Trail to the Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
4. Fountain on the Trail to the Gravesite
Plaque reads:
Fountain erected in memory of the three Mormon Battalion men buried here
Plaque placed by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, September 2, 1967.
Interpretive Sign at the Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
5. Interpretive Sign at the Gravesite
When members of the Mormon Battalion camped here, they noticed arrows & a newly-made mound. Upon opening it they found the mutilated bodies of their three friends. They reburied them, building a cairn to protect the grave. They also found Allen’s gold pouch, filled with gold dust & carried it to his widow in Iowa.
Plaque - Granite Rock Displaying Replica of Tree Carving image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
6. Plaque - Granite Rock Displaying Replica of Tree Carving
Plaque Embedded in Granite Rock Near Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
7. Plaque Embedded in Granite Rock Near Gravesite
To the Memory
of
Daniel Browett
Ezrah H. Allen
And
Henderson Cox
Who was supposed
To have Been Murdered
And Burned By Indians
On the Night of the 27 Of
June 1848
______________
The above is a replica of an inscription on a fir tree which stood near this spot bordering the Old Immigrant Trail. This plaque was dedicated to the memory of California's Pioneers by the Native Daughters of Amador County on August 30th, 1931.
Original Tree Carving image. Click for more information.
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8. Original Tree Carving
This photo of the actual carving is a 1940 re-photo of an original held in the collection of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.
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Plaque at Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
9. Plaque at Gravesite
Ezra H. Allen, Co.B
July 28, 1814
Daniel Browett, Co.E
Dec. 18, 1809
Henderson Cox, Co.A
Nov. 6, 1829
Murdered June 27, 1848
Gravesite of Henderson Cox, Ezra Allen and Daniel Browett image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
10. Gravesite of Henderson Cox, Ezra Allen and Daniel Browett
 
 
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