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West Point in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

West Point

 
 
West Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 4, 2006
1. West Point Marker
Inscription. Named by famous scout Kit Carson while searching for pass over Sierras. One emigrant road forked at Big Meadows, and north branch came directly to West Point. A thriving trading post prior to gold discovery. Bret Harte, famous author, lived here for a period
 
Erected 1949 by The California Centennials Commission. Base placed by the West Point Lions Club, July 3, 1949. (Marker Number 268.)
 
Location. 38° 23.834′ N, 120° 31.66′ W. Marker is in West Point, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 26 (State Highway 26) and Main Street, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 26. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point CA 95255, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Keepers of the Land! (approx. 0.3 miles away); HOSTAGE: A most painful experience of human suffering (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sandy Gulch (approx. 1.2 miles away); Volcano Masonic Cave (approx. 6.3 miles away); St. George Hotel (approx. 6.4 miles away); Moose Milk
West Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 4, 2006
2. West Point Marker
(approx. 6.4 miles away); John Doble's Cabin (approx. 6.4 miles away but has been reported missing); General Store (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
More about this marker. This site has been designation California Registered Historical Landmark No.268
 
Regarding West Point. West Point history: West Point was a "wild west" mining town during the 1849 Gold Rush in California, complete with saloons, card rooms, dance halls and all that goes along with them. Kit Carson is said to have discovered the area while seeking a pass over the Sierras. It is said he had a say in the naming of the town.
Source: USA Cities Online
 
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West Point State Historical Landmark Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 4, 2006
3. West Point State Historical Landmark Sign
West Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 4, 2006
4. West Point
Pioneers, Men and Women Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
5. Pioneers, Men and Women Dedication Plaque
This marker dedicated to the Pioneers was erected by Ursula Parlor No. 1, Native Daughters of the Golden West on June 8, 1955 and is located approximately 11 miles north on State Highway 88 in Pioneer.
Dedicated to the memory of
The Pioneers
Men and Women,
who came by land and sea
to make their home
in the Golden West
Pioneers, Men and Women Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
6. Pioneers, Men and Women Dedication Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,537 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5, 6. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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