“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Davis Creek in Modoc County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

South Road - Devil's Garden

South Road - Devil's Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, June 29, 2020
1. South Road - Devil's Garden Marker
Forks 1846 and 1853 roads: "Rolling ... top of ground
for miles neither wheel of wagon nor foot of horse ever
touched the soil. Ground covered with loose rocks as
thick as they can be planted. A 'Devils Garden' yet found."
Major Green, Sep 19, 1872

Erected by Trails West, Inc. (Marker Number A-35.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail, the California Trail, and the Trails West Inc. series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1872.
Location. 41° 50.055′ N, 120° 34.475′ W. Marker is near Davis Creek, California, in Modoc County. Marker is at the intersection of FS 46N02 and FS 46N05A, on the right when traveling south on FS 46N02. Trails West Inc. gives directions to this marker from A-34 marker: From Marker A-34, return to County Road 48. Turn left. Go 5.5 miles to FS Route 73, a bladed road on the left. Turn left onto FS Route 73. Caution: FS Route 73 is often almost
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a one-lane road. Watch for cattle and deer on or near the road.
On FS Route 73, go 6.4 miles to a dirt road on the left [FS Road 46N02]. Turn left. Go 1.7 miles to a "Y" road junction. Bear left. Go 0.3 miles to a fence gate and the marker. *NOTE* A road sign pointing to "State Line 9 and Crowder Flat G.S. 18" is located on the right side of County Road 48 just before the intersection with FS Route 73. FS Route 73 is also County Road 181. As you travel along FS Route 73, you will see white roadside mileage markers on the right identifying the road as CoRd 181. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Davis Creek CA 96108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Applegate Trail (here, next to this marker); South Road - McGinty Creek (approx. 4.3 miles away); South Road - Fletcher Creek (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Applegate Trail (approx. 9.8 miles away); South Road - Applegate Trail (approx. 9.8 miles away); Applegate Trail - New Road to Yreka (approx. 12.4 miles away); Applegate Trail - Davis Creek (approx. 12.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker location is at a junction where the Applegate Trail merged depending on which years emigrants traveled (wet or dry years). During the dry years (1846-1851), emigrants cut westward across Goose Lake
South Road - Devil's Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, June 29, 2020
2. South Road - Devil's Garden Marker
View of marker looking south towards another historical marker in the distance.
to Marker A-34, then northwest to here at Marker A-35. During the wet years (1852 and later), emigrants had to travel along the southern shore of Goose Lake then north, up the west side and then north/northwest and along some extremely rocky terrain.
Regarding South Road - Devil's Garden. Trails West, Inc. sells a driving guidebook titled A Guide to the Applegate Trail - From Goose Lake to Southern Oregon which provides maps and additional history on the Applegate Trail as it passed through designated marker locations. Purchasing this guidebook prior to visiting the Applegate Trail markers is highly encouraged to gain a better experience of the history of this historic trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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