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

Sierra Valley History

Sierra Valley History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
1. Sierra Valley History Marker
Captions: (top left) James P. Beckwourth; (bottom) (?) and Stage Office, Sierra County; G.Q. Buxton, Proprietor
Inscription. Sierra Valley was discovered in 1851 by James P. Beckwourth, a mountain man and entrepreneur who was searching for a northern route across the Sierra Nevada. The valley had been sighted a year earlier by prospectors exploring the nearby Sierra Buttes; however, Beckwourth was the first non-Indian to enter the valley.

Sierra Valley’s history revolved around its abundant natural resources. During the California gold rush Sierra Valley produced hay for livestock in Downieville, Sierra City and the gold fields to the west. In 1859, when silver was discovered in Nevada, new markets opened in the east. Lumber form nearby mountains helped build Virginia City and shore up extensive mine shaft networks. Hay, beef and dairy products from the valley helped feed the silver seekers in the Comstock Mining District.

Many of these exports were produced by Swiss-Italian immigrants who found their knowledge of mountain agriculture especially suited to this high valley. Descendants of these pioneers still live in Sierra Valley today.
Location. 39° 38.098′ N, 120° 27.331′ W. Marker is in Calpine, California, in Sierra County. Marker is on Golden Chain Highway (California Route 49 at milepost 45.7), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loyalton CA 96118, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Sierra Valley History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
2. Sierra Valley History Marker
This marker is the far left marker.
At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Food for the Mines (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Howard Ranch and Inn 1865 (approx. 7.3 miles away); Memorial (approx. 9.8 miles away); Henness – Zumwalt Pass (approx. 10.3 miles away); Webber Lake Hotel (approx. 10.3 miles away); Busch & Heringlake Building (approx. 10.7 miles away); Miner’s Hotel (approx. 10.8 miles away); Plumas County Honor Roll World War Two and Korea and Vietnam (approx. 12 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Sierra Valley Vista Point. There are three other plaques at the vista point; Sierra Valley Geology, Sierra Valley Environment and Sierra Valley Wildlife. Some are too badly damage to be legible.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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