Near Richfield in Sevier County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Fish Lake Cut-oﬀ on the Old Spanish Trail
Pathway to Grassy Meadows and Water
In the early 1800s, thousands of men, mules, and horses plodded along a well-travelled trail that paralleled Fish Lake. Can you imagine the dust, noise, and smells of a trading caravan on the move?
Why Did Traders Come This Way?
You are actually standing on the Fish Lake Cut-off of the Old Spanish Trail. The cutoff was a 72-mile shortcut that skirted the western shores of Wahsatch Lake (Fish Lake). Reaching elevations near 9,000 feet, the trail crossed mountain valleys that provided abundant quanities of fish, grass, water, and cool summer temperatures for travelers using this alternate route. This "southern branch" rejoined the main Old Spanish Trail near Kingston, Utah.
The Old Spanish Trail
This pack trail, known as the Old Spanish Trail, stretched 1,200 miles and linked Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Pueblo de Los Angeles (L.A.) in the Mexican Territory of California. Between 1829 and 1848, traders used the trail to carry New Mexican woolen goods--rugs, blankets, and serapes--that were traded for California mules and horses.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richfield UT 84701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peace Treaty with Fish Lake Indians (approx. half a mile away); Settlers of Grass Valley (approx. 7½ miles away); Koosharem Amusement Hall (approx. 7.6 miles away); Fremont Park (approx. 8.2 miles away); Allred Point (approx. 9 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2019, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2019, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.