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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Georgetown in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Rubicon

 
 
The Rubicon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Stinson, July 17, 2017
1. The Rubicon Marker
Inscription. Historically speaking, to cross the Rubicon River meant that you had passed the point of no return. This trail was originally used by Native Americans as a trade route. In the 1800s it became the main byway from Georgetown to Lake Tahoe. The route incorporated the Wentworth Springs and Rubicon Springs Resort along its path. The Rubicon was advertised as an adventurer's route with healing resorts along the way and is arguably the world's first "off-road" adventure trail.

The first official, organized off-road event in the world was established on this route in 1952 by the Jeepers Jamboree & Jeep Jamboree, Inc. In those days, the Jeepers Jamboree challenge began just outside Georgetown and ended when participants could see Lake Tahoe. Participants at this event came from around the world to experience the beautiful Sierra Nevada and the world famous Rubicon Trail. In 2017, Jeepers Jamboree & Jeep Jamboree, Inc. celebrated its 65th Anniversary.
 
Erected 2017 by Jeepers Jamboree & Jeep Jamboree, Inc., Sacramento Municipal Utilities District and The Native Sons of the Golden West, Georgetown No. 91. (Marker Number GPY 141-02.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location.
The Rubicon Trail & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Stinson, July 17, 2017
2. The Rubicon Trail & Marker
The marker is on the granite face near the center of the photo.
39° 0.215′ N, 120° 18.752′ W. Marker is near Georgetown, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on The Rubicon Trail, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is mounted to the side of the Loon Lake spillway, near the bottom, near where, and visible from the Rubicon Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown CA 95634, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dysfunctional Organization (TDO) (within shouting distance of this marker); Pine Lodge-Erhman Mansion (approx. 11.2 miles away); Pioneer Ski Area of America (approx. 14 miles away); The Sacred Lake (approx. 14.5 miles away); A Safe Harbor (approx. 14.5 miles away); William B. Layton Park (approx. 14.5 miles away); The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum (approx. 14.5 miles away); Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin (approx. 14.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is actually nearer Lake Tahoe but you generally get here by way of Georgetown. It also can be reached from Hwy 50 (east of Placerville) via Sly Park Road.
 
Regarding The Rubicon. The full Rubicon Trail is only accessible with a 4-wheel drive vehicle and the trail can be very challenging in places.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
In Honor of The Dysfunctional Organization (TDO) image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Stinson, July 17, 2017
3. In Honor of The Dysfunctional Organization (TDO)
Click on photo to read the text.
Loon Lake, Mile 0.0 image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Stinson, July 17, 2017
4. Loon Lake, Mile 0.0
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 108 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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