Kirkwood in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A staging area was set up at the base of the mountain. All goods were removed from the wagon and carried up the mountain on the backs of the people. Using several yoke of oxen and putting a man at each wheel, the wagons were slowly moved up the mountain. Upon reaching the top, the oxen and men returned to the bottom to assist with the next wagon. Looking carefully, scars at the base of some trees a few yards to the south can still be seen where pioneers wrapped ropes and chains to pull the wagons.
Dr. Edwards Tompkins writes in 1850: “A few miles brought us to a small lake, called Red Lake, in the midst of the mountains overhung by thick branches
The route through Carson Pass and over First & Second Summits was known by the pioneers as the Carson River Route. It carried more gold seekers than any other Trail. In 1849 it is estimated that between 25,000 and 45,000 people traveled this route. In 1850 and 1852, it is estimated that 50,000 or more used this trail.
Erected by Oregon & California Trails Association CA/NV Chapter, El Dorado National Forest and National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail series list.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kirkwood CA 95646, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carson Trail - Ascent to Carson Pass (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows (about 500 feet away); Kit Carson (about 700 feet away); Naming of Carson Pass (about 700 feet away); Snowshoe Thom(p)son (about 700 feet away); Summer Retreat (approx. 3.2 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 3.8 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
1. From Trails West – Markers of the California Trail
CARSON TRAIL (1848)
In order to avoid the rigors of the Truckee Trail on their return to Salt Lake City, a group of Mormons, most of whom were former members of the disbanded Mormon Battalion, pioneered a new wagon trail to the Carson River. Beginning at Pleasant Valley, east of
As they headed east along the Humboldt River, the Mormon group met Joseph Chiles, again leading an emigrant train west, and informed him of their new wagon trail. Having been on the Carson River with the earlier Bidwell-Bartleson party, Chiles decided to turn southwest at the Humboldt Sink and blaze a wagon trail over the Forty Mile Desert to the Carson River. He reached the river about where the Mormon group had left it for the Truckee River, a place during the Gold Rush known as "Rag Town." This final link across the Forty Mile Desert completed the opening of the important Carson Trail to the gold fields.
— Submitted July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,822 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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