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Woodfords in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Woodfords Station

 
 
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By Karen Key, October 6, 2006
1. Woodfords Station Marker
Inscription.  Historic Woodfords Station, the Eastern Sierra gateway to the goldfields of California, way station of the famed Pony Express, and entrance to Carson Pass on the Emigrant Trail to the Sacramento Valley. Beginning in 1849 with the building of the “Sign of the Elephant” hotel by Daniel Woodsfords, it was the first settlement in what is today Alpine County. In 1854 Willis P. Merrill opened a trading post in the area and later a hotel and store.

Dedicated in truth, liberty and toleration July 7, 2001, by the Grand Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West, William E. Hargis, Grand President.
 
Erected 2001 by Grand Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 805.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmark, the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 46.593′ N, 119° 49.369′ W. Marker is in Woodfords, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on Old Pony Express Way (California Route 88) east of California Route
Woodfords Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, October 6, 2006
2. Woodfords Station Marker
89, on the left when traveling east. 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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pony Express - Woodfords (a few steps from this marker); Snowshoe Thompson Home (approx. 2.7 miles away); Snowshoe Thompson (approx. 2.7 miles away); Beautiful Hot Springs Valley (approx. 5.7 miles away); Grover Hot Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away); Old Log Jail (approx. 6 miles away); Old Webster School (approx. 6.1 miles away); Alpine County Historical Complex (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
Regarding Woodfords Station. This site has been designated as California Historical Landmark No. 805
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the first Eastbound journey of the Pony Express through California to Genoa, Nevada....To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Pony Express National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 14, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,965 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on December 13, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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