“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chilcoot in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Beckwourth Pass

Emigrant Trail


—Elevation 5221 —

Beckwourth Pass Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2012
1. Beckwourth Pass Marker
Lowest pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Discovered in 1851 by
James P. Beckwourth

Dedicated to the discoverer and to the pioneers who passed along this trail by the Las Plumas Parlor No. 254 N.D.G.W.
May 1937

No desert’s waste nor redskins bold could swerve them from this western stand, naught could their courage e’er dismay in onward trudging day by day.
A.W. Wern
Erected 1973 by Native Daughters of the Golden West, Las Pluma Parlor No. 254. (Marker Number CHL 336.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 39° 47.499′ N, 120° 6.815′ W. Marker is in Chilcoot, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from California Route 70. Click for map. This marker is located on a dirt, side road just west of Beckwourth Summit on the south side of Highway 70. Beckwourth Summit is the boundary line for Plumas and Lassen counties. Marker is in this post office area: Chilcoot CA 96105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loyalton (approx. 10.6 miles away).
More about this marker.
Beckwourth Pass Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2012
2. Beckwourth Pass Marker
Beckwourth Pass, at an elevation of 5,221 feet, the lowest pass in the Sierra Nevada, was discovered in 1851 by James P. Beckwourth. The monument is dedicated to the discoverer and to the pioneers who passed along this trail.
Source: California Office of Historic Preservation website.
Also see . . .  The Beckwourth Trail - James Beckwourth discovered what is now known as Beckwourth Pass in the spring of 1850, and immediately set about establishing a trail to Marysville. He worked on the trail in the summer and fall of 1850 and the spring of 1851, and in the late summer of that year led the first wagon train of settlers along the trail into Marysville. (Submitted on June 16, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
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Beckwourth Pass Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2012
3. Beckwourth Pass
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 410 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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