Kit Carson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Amador County Board of Supervisors
In Amador County’s
125th Anniversary Year, 1979
Erected 1979 by Maurice John Passe Family and the Amador County Board of Supervisors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 38° 38.26′ N, 120° 7.58′ W. Marker is in Kit Carson, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Plasse Road near Carson Pass Scenic Byway (California Highway 88). Marker is located on the historic trading post building. The resort is located at the west end of Silver Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30001 Plasse Road, Pioneer CA 95666, 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. Plasse’s Trading Post (here, next to this marker); Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Emigrant Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Tragedy Spring (approx. 1.1 miles away); Maiden's Grave (approx. 2˝ miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 5.4 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 6 miles away); Carson Trail - Leek Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kit Carson.
1. Historic Plasses’s Resort – Silver Lake, California
From the Plasses’s Resort Brochure:
Early in 1850, Ramon Pierre Plasse left his Native city of Lyons, France, sailed around the horn and arrived in San Francisco in time for the Gold Rush. In 1853 he established the trading post on the Carson Emigrant Trail.
One Summer (date unknown) Ramon Pierre came to Silver Lake Basin and established a summer range for the cattle and horses traded and sold at the trading post to the emigrants going West. A log cabin, still at the resort, served as his home for several years.
Ramon Pierre married Louise Retrou
As tourism increased, the 3 oldest children, Peter, Maurice, and Alice established a resort that included a hotel, campground, the existing cook house, general store, and meat market. Cabins and stables were later added. In 1919 the current restaurant building was built.
The Silver Lake Post Office ws established in 1936 with Miss Alice as the first postmistress. The post office remained in operation into the 1990’s.
The original barn, stables, and hotel are gone. The original lodge burned down in 1970, resulting in the loss of many priceless artifacts.
Maurice and Caralita, along with their children ran the resort until 2001, when the current owners, all long residents of Amador County purchased the resort.
— Submitted July 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
Additional keywords. Resorts
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