Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson
Erected by Heritage Association of El Dorado County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1856.
Location. 38° 43.677′ N, 120° 48.184′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Sacramento Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Sacramento Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Placerville CA 95667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceBayles Building (1853) (a few steps from this marker); Placerville Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); Snowshoe Thompson (a few steps from this marker); Hangmans Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Unfortunates Hanged (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building (about 300 feet away); Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
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Also see . . . Snowshoe Thompson: “Viking of the Sierra” (snowshoethompson.org).
"All attempts by postmen to cross the Sierra on woven Canadian and Native American snowshoes had failed until one day in late 1855, Thompson saw an ad in the Sacramento Union: “People Lost to the World; Uncle Sam Needs a Mail Carrier.”... As a young child in the Telemark region of Norway, ski shaped snow-shoes (called ski–skates) were as common as ordinary shoes. A crowd formed in Placerville for his first mail run in January, 1856. Few had faith that he would make it over the 7,500 foot passes on(Submitted on March 11, 2022.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.