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Near Tennant in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Yreka Trail-Splendid Pine Timber/Yreka Trail-To a Swamp

 
 
Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alvis Hendley, October 10, 2016
1. Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber Marker
Original Marker - Placed 2008
Inscription.  
Original Marker (2008):
Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber
"Passed through splendid pine timber & fur [sic] & spruce ... Passed the dividing ridge of the Shasta Mountains Verry [sic] rough & bad roads this afternoon 18 miles to day [sic] not so well PM"
- Hinsdale Truman Shepard, Sep 5, 1852

Replacement Marker (2019):
Yreka Trail-To a Swamp
"The last day of September we journeyed twelve miles to a swamp. It is now called Grass Valley"
- Andrew Soule, Sep 30, 1854
 
Erected 2008 by Trails West Inc. (Marker Number Y-10.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Trails West Inc., and the Yreka Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 30, 1852.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 41° 38.732′ N, 122° 
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4.894′ W. Marker is near Tennant, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker is on Forest Road 44N18Y, 0.8 miles east of Forest Road 44N23, on the right when traveling east. From the Grass Lake Rest Area on State Route 97 (Volcanic Legacy Scenic Highway) drive north for 15.7 miles to Tennant Road. Turn right. Drive 1.5 miles on Tennant Road to FS Road 44N23, a bladed road on the right. Turn right. Drive 2.5 miles to FS Road 44N18Y. Turn left. Drive 0.8 miles. These unpaved Forest Service roads should be safe for low-clearance, two-wheel drive passenger cars in dry weather. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weed CA 96094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Yreka Historic Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); Yreka Trail - A Big Meadow (approx. 2.9 miles away); Yreka Trail - Are Yet On Butte Creek (approx. 3 miles away); Yreka Trail - Near a Little Lake (approx. 4.8 miles away); Yreka Trail - Up Butte Creek (approx. 5.9 miles away); Yreka Trail - Out of Danger (approx. 6 miles away); Yreka Trail - Down hill to Sheep Rock (approx. 6˝ miles away); Yreka Trail – A Splendid Cite (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tennant.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the 1854 trail split from the original 1852 route at marker Y-9 east of here. This 1854 section of the trail was an
Yreka Trail - To A Swamp image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, June 19, 2020
2. Yreka Trail - To A Swamp
Replacement Marker Placed 2019
easier and shorter route than the 1852 route and continued west to marker Y-11.
 
Regarding Yreka Trail-Splendid Pine Timber/Yreka Trail-To a Swamp. The original marker plate monumented in 2008 was erroneously placed with an emigrant diary quote from 1852, which conflicts with this segment of the Yreka Trail from 1854 that diverted from the 1852 route as an easier and faster route. The trails organization replaced the marker plate with an updated and correct version in 2019.

Trails West, Inc. sells a driving guidebook titled A Guide to the Yreka Trail which provides maps and additional history on the Yreka Trail as it passed through designated marker locations. Purchasing this guidebook prior to visiting the Yreka Trail markers is highly encouraged to gain a better experience of the history of this historic trail.
 
Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alvis Hendley, October 10, 2016
3. Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber Marker
Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alvis Hendley, October 10, 2016
4. Yreka Trail - Splendid Pine Timber Marker
Oregon/California Trails Association Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alvis Hendley, October 10, 2016
5. Oregon/California Trails Association Marker
Forest Service Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alvis Hendley, October 10, 2016
6. Forest Service Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2020. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1. submitted on April 21, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.   2. submitted on June 22, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 21, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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