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Near Soda Springs in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Summit City / Meadow Lake

 
 
Summit City/Meadow Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
1. Summit City/Meadow Lake Marker
Inscription. In June of 1863, the trapper Henry Hartley discovered gold bearing ore here and staked out the Excelsior Company claims. Exaggerated reports and a 1865 market panic in the Comstock mines of Virginia City brought thousands of miners overnight to the supposed “Little Comstock” of Summit City. Within two years an incorporated town, renamed Meadow Lake, grew to encompass 160 acres with 4,000 summer residents and over 500 buildings, including 200 business houses, a stock exchange, daily newspaper, post office, school, breweries and 80 saloons. Streets were laid out grid fashion, with a 8,000 square foot plaza on the lakeshore. An excursion vessel, ferried revelers to four hurdy-gurdy houses at the lake’s upper end. The winter of 1866-1867 brought 30 feet of snow with the “snowshoe express” delivering mail through Cisco. In all, eight stamp mills in a district of 10,910 claims failed to extract the expected gold from its “rebellious ore.” The optimism faded, and the town declined with like rapidity. July of 1869 found 80 residents. By 1873 only Hartley “The Hermit” remained. His grave is on a hillside to the west of town.
 
Erected 1995 by E Clampus Vitus, Wm Bull Meek - Wm Moris Stewart Chapter 10, Major Wm. Downie Chapter 1849 & Chief Truckee Chapter
Summit City/Meadow Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
2. Summit City/Meadow Lake Marker
3691.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.577′ N, 120° 30.188′ W. Marker is near Soda Springs, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Tahoe National Forest Service Road 843, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. 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 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meadow Lake – Excelsior (here, next to this marker); Rainbow Lodge (approx. 6.9 miles away); Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party (approx. 7.2 miles away); Overland Emigrant Trail (approx. 7.2 miles away); Webber Lake Hotel (approx. 7.4 miles away); Henness – Zumwalt Pass (approx. 7.4 miles away); Truckee Trail - Through Boulder Field (approx. 8.4 miles away); Snowshoe Thompson (approx. 9.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
More about this marker. Access to Meadow Lake is by way of Henness Pass Road and then Forest Service Road 86. The marker is on the east side overlooking the lake, near the southern end of the campground.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Summit City/Meadow Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
3. Summit City/Meadow Lake Marker
Meadow Lake is visible in the distance.
Meadow Lake in 1868 image. Click for full size.
By A.A.Hart, circa na
4. Meadow Lake in 1868
From the Collection of Barry Swackhamer. Click on the image to enlarge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Leroy Mario Rasi of Freedom, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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