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

The Emigrant Trail

The Emigrant Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Erik Christeson, PGP NSGW, June 6, 2015
1. The Emigrant Trail Marker
Inscription.  The Emigrant Trail in the pioneer days of California turned to the south at this point for approximately three miles, then west across the summit of the Sierras about a mile south of the present railroad.

It was here that the Donner Party missed the trail owing to the early snows, resulting in the tragedy.
Erected 1929 by Historic Landmark Committee - Native Sons of the Golden West.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
Location. 39° 24.633′ N, 120° 25.7′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Cold Stream Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Truckee CA 96161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summit City / Meadow Lake (approx. 4 miles away); Meadow Lake – Excelsior (approx. 4 miles away); Webber Lake Hotel (approx. 5.6 miles away); Henness – Zumwalt Pass

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(approx. 5.6 miles away); Donner Summit Lodge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Soda Springs Store (approx. 6.4 miles away); Snowshoe Thompson (approx. 6.6 miles away); Soda Springs Hotel (approx. 6.6 miles away).
Regarding The Emigrant Trail. This marker was part of a plan in 1929 to mark the entire Emigrant Trail. Unfortunately, this and one other nearby marker are as far as it went. Nevertheless, they both contain good information gleaned from interviews of surviving emigrants from that time period.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 2, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 31, 2023