La Porte in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Benjamin W. Barnes
Erected 1994 by E Clampus Vitus, Frank C. Reilly Chapter No. 5978.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 39° 40.756′ N, 120° 58.997′ W. Marker is in La Porte, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Church Street. The marker is located in front of the La Porte Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2060 Church Street, Strawberry Valley CA 95981, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Quick Silver Charley” (here, next to this marker); La Porte’s Chinese Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cleve O’Rourke Memorial Stampmill (approx. ¼ mile away); Emigrant Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); John Conly & Co. Bankers (approx. ¼ mile away); The Union Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Frank D. Everts (approx. ¼ mile away); Fuller & Buell (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
Regarding Benjamin W. Barnes. B.W. Barnes was a prominent member of the early La Porte community and was instrumental in bringing water to the town from a spring situated on Bald Mountain. The system has been updated and the old wooden pipes replaced by modern plastic but the water still flows over the same route as it did in 1868.
Mr. Barnes was buried in the cemetery after a Masonic funeral attended by friends from towns near La Porte. It was April and it was necessary to dig through 6 feet of snow and then the traditional 6 feet of earth to bury him.
His body was removed by his family in the 20’s and taken to Oregon (or so the story is told). We’re not sure why!
Source: Walking Tour of La Porte
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.