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Near Wheatland in Yuba County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch

 
 
Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 11, 2011
1. Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch Marker
Inscription.
”with practically no food for man or beast, and by bringing all the energy and courage which both men and beast possessed,…we succeeded in…reaching the first, or Johnston’s settlement.”
-Benjamin Hoffman, Sep 1, 1849
 
Erected 2007 by Trails West, Inc. (Marker Number T-69.)
 
Location. 39° 3.74′ N, 121° 18.618′ W. Marker is near Wheatland, California, in Yuba County. Marker is on Camp Far West Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the North Gate road entrance to Camp Far West Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Wheatland CA 95692, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Graham Hotel (here, next to this marker); Overland Emigrant Trail (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sheridan Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Union Shed (approx. 6.7 miles away); Durst Hop Ranch (approx. 6.8 miles away); Johnson's Ranch (approx. 7 miles away); Holland House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Chinese Pyre (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheatland.
 
Regarding Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch. Today's Interstate 80, Donner Pass, follows
Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 11, 2011
2. Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch Marker
much of this same route.

Johnsons Ranch was the first settlement seen by emigrants after crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is best known as being the starting point for the "Donner Party" rescue parties.
 
Also see . . .  Johnson's Ranch. An article written by Tom Barry for the E Clampus Vitus publication Hewgag Monitor in 1995. Perhaps the most important thing for which the Johnson Ranch is remembered is that it was there that the five women and two men survivors of the “Forlorn Hope” group from the snowed-in Donner Party arrived (after 33 grueling days which saw 7 of their number die) on Jan. 17, 1847, seeking aid for the remainder of their ill-fated wagon train. (Submitted on March 14, 2011.) 
 
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Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 11, 2011
3. Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch Marker
Far West Lake is seen in the background.
View of the Markers Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 11, 2011
4. View of the Markers Looking East
The Graham Hotel marker is seen on the left and the Truckee Trail marker is mounted on the post seen on the right.
Donner Emigrant Trail image. Click for full size.
By Margaret Tomer Rummens
5. Donner Emigrant Trail
This marker, located on private property and not accessible by the public, is located approximately 1.25 miles east. It is located near the original Johnson’s Crossing at Bear Creek:
Donner Emigrant Trail
Bear Creek Crossing
1844 – 1878
Erected by Wheatland Historical Society
April 1972
Donner Emigrant Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Margaret Tomer Rummens
6. Donner Emigrant Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,002 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5, 6. submitted on March 4, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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