Near Kirkwood in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
After a brief stay in Old Hangtown (Placerville) Caples remembered the lake and returned here with his family to establish a way station that served weary travelers for thirty years.
The lake known variously as Summit Lake, Clear Lake, and Twin Lakes, is two miles long and has a surface area of 600 acres.
Dedicated by the Historical Society of Alpine County.
Erected by Historical Society of Alpine County.
Location. 38° 42.204′ N, 120° 3.305′ W. Marker is near Kirkwood, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on Carson Pass Highway (State Highway 88), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kirkwood CA 95646, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summer Retreat (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 0.9 miles away); Naming of Carson Pass (approx. 3.7 miles away); Snowshoe Thom(p)son (approx. 3.7 miles away); Kit Carson (approx. 3.7 miles away); Memorial to Pioneer Odd Fellows First Summit (approx. 3.8 miles away); Plasse’s Trading Post (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
Regarding Caples Lake. Born in Ohio in 1823, James Caples migrated from Missouri with his wife to California by wagon in 1849. After a short period as a storekeeper in Placerville selling provisions to miners, he and his family settled on a 4,000 acre ranch that included the area covered by Caples Lake. The waystation mentioned on the marker would have only been open several months each year, given the 7,900 ft. elevation of the location.
Prior to damming, much of the area covered by the lake was a meadow. The Emigrant Trail ran through this meadow a short ways east of this marker.
Also see . . . Biography of James Caples. A biography of Dr. James Caples, excerpted from "An Illustrated History of Sacramento County, California", pp. 700-702, by the Honorable Win. J. Davis, 1890. (Submitted on September 4, 2008.)
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