Calpine in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Food for the Mines
49 Miles Along Highway 49
In 1870, the Yuba Gap wagon road was opened. The first wagon over the summit belonged to Joseph Miller and carried butter and eggs. Originally a toll road, a horse and ride paid $1.50, cattle .50 each, sheep and hogs .25 each.
This high Sierra country was a perfect location for sheep herding. The Basque people from the Pyrennes Mountain of Spain used this area for herding flocks of sheep.
Erected by Tahoe National Forest.
Location. 39° 36.996′ N, 120° 29.404′ W. Marker is in Calpine, California, in Sierra County. Marker is at the intersection of Golden Chain Highway (California Route 49) and Yuba Pass Road, on the right when traveling east on Golden Chain Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Calpine CA 96124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sierra Valley History (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Howard Ranch and Inn 1865 (approx. 5.4 miles Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); Busch & Heringlake Building (approx. 8.4 miles away); Minerís Hotel (approx. 8.6 miles away); Henness – Zumwalt Pass (approx. 9.7 miles away); Webber Lake Hotel (approx. 9.7 miles away); Here Today – Gone Tomorrow (approx. 9.8 miles away).
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