Michigan Bluff in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Michigan Bluﬀ to Last Chance
Michigan Bluff–Last Chance Trail. The Michigan Bluff to Last Change section of the Western States Trail was built in 1850 and later became a maintained toll-trail, perhaps one of only a few toll-trails in the state.
As early as 1850 pack-trains carried supplies down the trail connecting the mining camps of Michigan Bluff, Deadwood, and Last Change. During this period these camps were dependent upon local friend companies who supplied the camps with foodstuffs, clothing, mining tools, drugs, and other supplies, particularly during the winder months, when access in and out of the camps was difficult. Supplies were brought in by large pack-trains of mules, rather than by wagons which could not negotiate the circuitous narrow trail. By 1952 this trail was in full use and cut in half the time it took to reach Deadwood and Last Chance from the Foresthill Divide.
(photo caption) Between 1849 and 1850, mining camps located along the present-day Foresthill Divide
(photo caption) High upon the brow of two river canyons, clinging to its steep slopes in Michigan Bluff. Once an active city of commerce of 3,000 people, its mines shipped out $100,000 in gold each month from 1851 to 1884. Leland Stanford, railroad builder, U.S. Senator, Governor, and donor to Stanford University, laid the foundation for his fortune here from 1853 to 1855.
Blasting, washing, and sluicing for gold was devastating as the face of the country changed. What would have taken centuries to accomplish by natural processes was produced in a few years. Soil to the depth of 150 feet was washed
Erected by USDA Forest Service, Western Trails Foundation, Western States Endurance Run.
Location. 39° 2.463′ N, 120° 44.086′ W. Marker is in Michigan Bluff, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Michigan Bluff Road and Turkey Hill Road, on the left when traveling east on Michigan Bluff Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Foresthill CA 95631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Michigan Bluff (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneers of Deadwood (approx. 3.7 miles St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Bell (approx. 4.3 miles away); Foresthill School Bell (approx. 4.4 miles away); Foresthill Protestant Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Western States Endurance Run. "The Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100 miles." (Submitted on November 15, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. The Western States Trail Ride. "The Western States Trail Ride is the oldest of several events that have helped Auburn, California, earn the title of 'Endurance Capital of the World.'" (Submitted on November 15, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
1. Eldon A. Hall Memorial Marker
Eldon A. Hall was my Grandfather. Thank you for honoring him. He was a wonderful man.
— Submitted June 24, 2009, by Miriam R. Poncer of Dayton, Ohio.
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