Near Markleeville in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
No emigrant train used this route but a stage road was completed here in 1864 to serve mining region of Silver City.
Erected by United States Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest. (Marker Number 318.)
Location. 38° 32.642′ N, 119° 48.738′ W. Marker is near Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 4), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker may only be viewed in late Spring, Summer and early Fall as Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 4) is closed during the Winter. Marker is in this post office area: Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reynolds Peak (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hermit Valley (approx. 4.3 miles away); Silver Mountain (approx. 4.8 miles away); Historic Silver Mountain City (approx. 4.8 miles away); Webster School Alpine County Historical Complex (approx. 10.5 miles away); Old Webster School (approx. 10.5 miles away); Alpine County Courthouse (approx. 10.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Markleeville.
More about this marker. This site was designated California Registered Historical Landmark No.318 on July 12, 1939.
Statement of Significance:
The Emigrant Trail through Ebbetts Pass, discovered by and named after 'Major' John Ebbetts, was opened up in the early 1850s, but no wagon road went that way until 1864, when a toll road, under the name of Carson Valley and Big Tree Road, was completed to help open up the Comstock Lode in Nevada.
Regarding Ebbetts Pass. John Ebbetts arrived in California in 1849 at the age of thirty-three. At the time he was the Captain of the Knickerbocker Exploring Party of New York. In April 1850 he took a party of prospectors over the pass that would later be named in his memory.
In 1853 he returned to the area while leading a survey party for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company. They were searching for a pass over the Sierras that
The possibility of any further exploration of the area by Ebbetts was ended when on April 16, 1854, while traveling to Petaluma on the steamer Secretary, the steamerís boilers exploded while entering Petaluma Creek and John Ebbetts was fatally injured.
In 1854 this route, which was never used for the railroad, was named by George Goddard in his memory.
Note: It was also noted that the spelling of his name appears in publications as Ebbett and also Ebbetts. In papers submitted to the California Geological Survey, Goddard spelled it as Ebbet.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Account - Ebbetts Pass. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Alpine County History - Information on Ebbetts Pass and Alpine County. (Submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Re-painting of Lettering on Marker
During the summer of 2006 I stopped
— Submitted September 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,436 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 6. submitted on February 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 7, 8. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.