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Near Kirkwood in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Kit Carson

 
 
Kit Carson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 31, 2006
1. Kit Carson Marker
Inscription. On this spot, which marks the summit of the Kit Carson Pass, stood what was known as the Kit Carson Tree on which the famous scout Kit Carson inscribed his name in 1844 when he guided the then Captain John C. Fremont, head of a government exploring expedition, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Above is a replica of the original inscription cut from the tree in 1888 and now in Sutterís Fort, Sacramento.
 
Erected 1921 by The Historic Landmarks Committee, Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 315.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.633′ N, 119° 59.235′ W. Marker is near Kirkwood, California, in Alpine County. Marker can be reached from Carson Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 88), on the right. Touch for map. The marker is located at the parking area of the Kit Carson Monument Visiters Center. This is a fee area. Marker is in this post office area: Kirkwood CA 95646, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Snowshoe Thom(p)son (a few steps from this marker); Naming of Carson Pass (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Kit Carson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 31, 2006
2. Kit Carson Marker
Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows (about 600 feet away); First Summit (about 700 feet away); Summer Retreat (approx. 3.1 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 3.7 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 4.6 miles away); Grover Hot Springs (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
 
More about this marker. The Nearby Marker “Naming of Carson Pass” contradicts this marker text by stating that “It is not likely that Carson carved his name on that tree during Fremontís Expedition in 1844. Weeks of heavy snowfall that winter made the crossing very difficult and the expedition was running out of food. Any man in those desperate conditions would not be digging down through 20 or 30 feet of snow to ground level to carve his name on a tree. However, in the summer of 1853, Kit Carson with a group of men and 6500 head of sheep did come over this pass headed for the gold fields to sell their sheep. Could it have been then that Carson took the time to carve his name on the tree but dated it back to 1844 when he was first here?”
 
Also see . . .
Close Up of Kit Carson Carving Replica on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 31, 2006
3. Close Up of Kit Carson Carving Replica on Marker
 Sangres.com: Christopher “Kit” Carson. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
Summit of Kit Carson Pass, California image. Click for full size.
By Frashers Foto
4. Summit of Kit Carson Pass, California
On the Scenic Alpine Highway across the High Sierra
(Note marker on left)
Kit Carson image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
5. Kit Carson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,151 times since then and 96 times this year. Last updated on December 20, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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