Calpine in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sierra Valley History
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. 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.
Categories. • Agriculture • Exploration • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
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.