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Snowshoe Thompson

 
 
Snowshoe Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2012
1. Snowshoe Thompson Marker
Inscription. A hero of the Sierra Nevada Mountains!
Probably the first skier of the West. This Viking son of Norway, exemplified the spirit of a true pioneer. Strong, daring, faithful and courageous he was the answer to Californiaís motto
“Bring Me Men to Match My Mountains.”
For 20 years he was the winter lifeline between the new State of California and the East with a regular mail schedule between Placerville, California and Genoa, Nevada and other isolated hamlets of the Mother Lode Country. Mail, news of the world, medicine, supplies, and equipment arrived on the sturdy shoulders of this giant snow Viking. Over great snowdrifts through raging winter storms with packs of up to 100 pounds, he made his appointed rounds. His daring rescues, errands of mercy and many kindnesses made him a legend in his own time. He was born John Tostensen at Tinn in Telemark, Norway April 30, 1827. He died May 15, 1876, at the age of 49. He rests at the base of the mountains he loved, by the side of his wife and son in the cemetery at Genoa, Nevada. A simple headstone, engraved with a pair of skis, marks his grave.
 
Erected by Snowshoe Thompson Lodge No. 78, Sons of Norway, Yuba City, Ca.
 
Location. 39° 20.243′ N, 120° 21.026′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, California, in Nevada County. Marker can be reached
Snowshoe Thompson Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2012
2. Snowshoe Thompson Monument
from Bunny Hill Drive near Interstate 80. Click for map. Marker is located in the parking area of Boreal Ridge Ski area in front of the Western American Skisport Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Soda Springs CA 95728, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western America Skisport Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norden Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Summit Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cal Lodge (approx. 1.4 miles away); Tri Lodges (approx. 1.4 miles away); Sugar Bowl (approx. 1.8 miles away); Charlie Chaplinís Gold Rush (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Magic Carpet (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Gravesite at the Genoa Cemetery
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Snowshoe Thompson Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2012
3. Snowshoe Thompson Monument
Snowshow Thompson Gravesite in Genoa, Nevada image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
4. Snowshow Thompson Gravesite in Genoa, Nevada
See Related Markers for additional information.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 323 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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