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Near Meadow Valley in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley

 
 
Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2012
1. Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley Marker
Inscription.  Now under water, Rich Valley and Bucks Ranch (1850) made a superb stopping place for emigrants of 1851 and later. “Good grass, wood and water” – John Dalton, Sep. 1, 1852
 
Erected 1993 by Trails West Inc. (Marker Number B 33.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Beckwourth Trail, the California Trail, and the Trails West Inc. series lists.
 
Location. 39° 52.533′ N, 121° 10.489′ W. Marker is near Meadow Valley, California, in Plumas County. Marker is on Bucks Lake Road, on the right when traveling west. This marker is located at Bucks Lake Lodge where the road down to Bucks Lake Marina leaves Bucks Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16525 Bucks Lake Road, Meadow Valley CA 95956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beckwourth Trail – Haskins Valley (here, next to this marker); Bucks Ranch Hotel and Store (approx. Ľ mile away); Beckwourth Trail – Grizzly Creek
Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2012
2. Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away); P. Linthiouh (approx. 2.9 miles away); Meadow Valley Historical Site (approx. 7.1 miles away); Spanish Ranch (approx. 8.1 miles away); Spanish Creek Mines (approx. 9 miles away); Rich Bar (approx. 9˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meadow Valley.
 
Regarding Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley. Trails West Inc. has placed over 50 markers on the Beckwourth Trail between Sparks, Nevada and Lake Oroville, California, 31 of which are located in Plumas County. They have also placed over 400 markers on the California, Applegate, Lassen and Nobles' Emigrant Trails.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Bucks Lake - Quincy, California. The road from Quincy, CA. to Bucks Lake began as a pack trail across the steep ridges from Quincy, through Spanish Ranch and Meadow Valley. In 1851 African-American Mountain Man, James P. Beckwourth’s Emigrant Tail reinforced the pack trail to serve as a byway to Bucks Lake and further to Marysville. You can still follow this trail today and is a fascinating story all on its own. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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2. Trails West Inc. Photo Tour. Follow the historic Beckwourth Trail with a photo tour of 50 official T markers documenting notable segments along the trail. (Submitted on February 9, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 1, 2020