Calpine in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sierra Valley History
Sierra Valley’s history revolved around its abundant natural resources. During the California gold rush Sierra Valley produced hay for livestock in Downieville, Sierra City and the gold fields to the west. In 1859, when silver was discovered in Nevada, new markets opened in the east. Lumber form nearby mountains helped build Virginia City and shore up extensive mine shaft networks. Hay, beef and dairy products from the valley helped feed the silver seekers in the Comstock Mining District.
Many of these exports were produced by Swiss-Italian immigrants who found their knowledge of mountain agriculture especially suited to this high valley. Descendants of these pioneers still live in Sierra Valley today.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Exploration • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 38.098′ N, 120° 27.331′ W. Marker was in Calpine, California, in Sierra County. Marker was on Golden Chain Highway (California Route 49 at milepost 45.7), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Loyalton CA 96118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Howard Ranch and Inn 1865 (approx. 7.3 miles away); Memorial (approx. 9.8 miles away); Webber Lake Hotel (approx. 10.3 miles away); Henness – Zumwalt Pass (approx. 10.3 miles away); Busch & Heringlake Building (approx. 10.7 miles away); Miner’s Hotel (approx. 10.8 miles away); Central California Traction Company 24 (approx. 11.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Sierra Valley Vista Point. There are three other plaques at the vista point; Sierra Valley Geology, Sierra Valley Environment and Sierra Valley Wildlife. Some are too badly damage to be legible.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 2. submitted on November 13, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. 3. submitted on June 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.