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

Old Emigrant Road

 
 
Old Emigrant Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
1. Old Emigrant Road Marker
Inscription. Here the Old Emigrant Road of 1848 swung down across the meadow now covered by Caples Lake (Twin Lakes) and climbed along the ridge at the right to the gap at the head of the valley. From this summit (9,460 feet) it descended to Placerville. This rough and circuitous section became obsolete in 1863 when a better route was blasted out of the face of the cliff at Carson Spur.
 
Erected 1959 by California State Parks Commission and the Silver Lake Camperís Association. (Marker Number 661.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 38° 42.178′ N, 120° 2.189′ W. Marker was in Kirkwood, California, in Alpine County. Marker was on Carson Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 88), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at Caples Lake, 17.3 miles east of Woodfords. Marker was in this post office area: Kit Carson CA 95644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Summer Retreat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. one mile away); Kirkwood's (approx. 1.9 miles away); Naming of Carson Pass (approx. 2.7 miles away); Snowshoe Thom(p)son
Old Emigrant Road Marker found missing July, 2011 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 20, 2011
2. Old Emigrant Road Marker found missing July, 2011
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Kit Carson (approx. 2.7 miles away); Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows (approx. 2.7 miles away); First Summit (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
 
Regarding Old Emigrant Road. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 661 on November 5, 1958.
 
Also see . . .  The History of El Dorado County. This Old Emigrant Road across the Sierras went through the current El Dorado, Amador and Alpine Counties. (Submitted on July 31, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. Emmigrant Trails
 
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Old Emigrant Road Marker with Caples Lake in Background image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
3. Old Emigrant Road Marker with Caples Lake in Background
Caples Lake Looking Southeast image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
4. Caples Lake Looking Southeast
Original Trail crossed the valley which now is covered by Cables Lake.
Caples Lake Looking Southwest image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 26, 2009
5. Caples Lake Looking Southwest
 
 
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 2,102 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on December 20, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on July 25, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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