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Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows

 
 
Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
1. Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows Marker
Inscription. At this point in August 1849, a group of Odd Fellows nearing their goal, the California gold mines, paused in their struggle up these granite walls, to paint on this and adjacent boulders their names and the three links of the Great Order they so dearly loved.

Pioneers of California,
Pioneers of the Brotherhood of Man,

We Salute You.
Your bodies have blended with the dust of the West.
Your spirit lives and inspires.
Dedicated to their memory, by the Grand Lodge of California.
Independent Order Odd Fellows
May 1941.

 
Erected 1941 by Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Grand Lodge of California. (Marker Number 378.)
 
Location. 38° 41.529′ N, 119° 59.251′ W. Marker is in Kirkwood, California, in Alpine County. Marker can be reached from Carson Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 88). Touch for map. Marker is located on the trail south of the Kit Carson Visitors Center. Park on the “Additional Parking” road east of the Visitor Center and take a short walk on the trail to the site. 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. Naming of Carson Pass
Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
2. Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Summit (about 500 feet away); Snowshoe Thom(p)son (about 600 feet away); Kit Carson (about 600 feet away); Summer Retreat (approx. 3.2 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 3.7 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 4.6 miles away); Grover Hot Springs (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
 
More about this marker. This site is also part of the California National Historic Trail and a marker is located between the road and the Odd Fellows Monument.
 
Regarding Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.378 on January 3, 1944.
Statement of Significance:
On some large rocks near Carson Pass, a group of pioneers inscribed their names and the emblem of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1849.

Note: Names have been repainted.
 
Additional keywords.
Granite Rock and Re-Painted Names image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
3. Granite Rock and Re-Painted Names
Carson River Trail

 
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Granite Rock with Names and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
4. Granite Rock with Names and Marker
Trail Leading to Odd Fellow Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
5. Trail Leading to Odd Fellow Monument
Marker can be seen in the background.
California Trail - National Historical Trail Marker CR-43 (2004) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
6. California Trail - National Historical Trail Marker CR-43 (2004)
Front of Trail Marker:
Carson Trail - Ascent to Carson Pass
"After dinner we crossed the first mountain. The ascent is half a mile and much like going up the side of a house in steepness. With hughe stones in the road, aside the road and all around the road."- Henry Sheldon Anable, Sep. 10, 1852.
Bronze Plaque on post reads:
Marker placed by Nevada Trail Marking Committee, Inc. c/o Nevada Historical Society, Reno, Nev.
Executive Committee: J.T. Anderson, Pres., Walt Mulcahy, E.W. Harris, Bruce M. Dougle, Ken Jackson, Art Broten, W.A. Gilstrap
1971
Carson River Route C.R.R. 29 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
7. Carson River Route C.R.R. 29
Back of Trail Marker:
Emigrant Trail - Carson River Route
Marker No. C.R.R.29 - Kit Carson Pass
Elevation 8650 ft. First Sierra Summit
Trail descends to Caples Lake from here.
California National Historic Trail Marker Embedded in Tree image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
8. California National Historic Trail Marker Embedded in Tree
The Unknown Pioneer - 1849 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
9. The Unknown Pioneer - 1849
[Located at this site is the grave of an unknown pioneer:]

Here rests one whose name is known only to our Creator. He was one of a valiant cavalcade who brought honor and stability to the character of California. They had
Faith in God
Faith in Themselves
Faith in Their Fellowmen
Reverently dedicated August 27, 1950, by the Odd Fellows of California, Assisted by their bothers of Nevada.
Gravesite of the Unknown Pioneer image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
10. Gravesite of the Unknown Pioneer
Postcard of the Site image. Click for full size.
By Frasher Foto, Circa 1930's - 1940's
11. Postcard of the Site
Description on postcard:
Pioneer Odd Fellows Marker
In August 1849 a group of Odd Fellows nearing their goal, "The California gold fields", paused in their struggle to paint their names and the three links on the boulders.

near the summit of
Carson Pass
on the Alpine Highway across the High Sierras
Jackson
California to
Carson Valley
Nevada
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,180 times since then and 87 times this year. Last updated on December 20, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   11. submitted on February 3, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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