Near Markleeville in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
No emigrant train used this route but a stage road was completed here in 1864 to serve mining region of Silver City.
Erected by United States Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest. (Marker Number 318.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark series list.
Location. 38° 32.642′ N, 119° 48.738′ W. Marker is near Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 4), on the left when traveling east. This marker may only be viewed in late Spring, Summer and early Fall as Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 4) is closed Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reynolds Peak (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hermit Valley (approx. 4.3 miles away); Silver Mountain (approx. 4.8 miles away); Historic Silver Mountain City (approx. 4.8 miles away); Webster School (approx. 10˝ miles away); The Lost Whiskey of Raymond (approx. 10˝ miles away); Jacob Markley (approx. 10˝ miles away); Alpine County Historical Complex (approx. 10˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Markleeville.
More about this marker. This site was designated California Registered Historical Landmark No.318 on July 12, 1939.
Statement of Significance:
The Emigrant Trail through Ebbetts Pass, discovered by and named after 'Major' John Ebbetts, was opened up in the early 1850s, but no wagon road went that way until 1864, when a toll road, under the name of Carson Valley and Big Tree Road, was completed to help open up the Comstock Lode in Nevada.
Regarding Ebbetts Pass. John Ebbetts arrived in California in 1849 at the age of thirty-three. At the time he was the Captain of the Knickerbocker Exploring Party of New York. In April 1850 he took a party of prospectors over the pass that would later be named in his memory.
In 1853 he returned to the area while leading a survey party for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company. They were searching for a pass over the Sierras that would be suitable for the Transcontinental Railroad. He remembered that when crossing this area in 1850 there was very little snow and he felt that this was the best route for that purpose. He recommended this route to his friend George H. Goddard, a surveyor for the company.
In 1854 this route, which was never used for the railroad, was named by George Goddard in his memory.
Note: It was also noted that the spelling of his name appears in publications as Ebbett and also Ebbetts. In papers submitted to the California Geological Survey, Goddard spelled it as Ebbet.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Account - Ebbetts Pass. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Re-painting of Lettering on Marker
During the summer of 2006 I stopped to read this marker. At the time the paint on the letters was so chipped and worn off that it was very difficult to read. I stopped by the Alpine Ranger Station and asked for permission to re-paint the letters. Later in the month a friend and I drove back up the pass and spent a day re-painting this marker as well as the Hermit Valley marker.
— Submitted September 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,743 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 6. submitted on February 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 7, 8. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.