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Colfax in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Stevens Trail

 
 
The Stevens Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2011
1. The Stevens Trail Marker
Inscription. This trail was originally established as a toll road in 1859 by Truman Allen Stevens. The trail went down to the bottom of the American River Canyon and back up the other side to Colfax via a bridge that is no longer in existence. This road was in commercial operation until the existing road was built at the end of the last century. The trail was a tremendous success as the population of Iowa Hill swelled to ten thousand at the height of the Gold Rush.
 
Erected 1994 by Lord Sholto Douglas No. 3, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.445′ N, 120° 51.604′ W. Marker is in Colfax, California, in Placer County. Marker is on Iowa Hill Road 9 miles south of Interstate 80, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3071 Iowa Hill Road, Colfax CA 95713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iowa Hill (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cape Horn Promontory (approx. 3.7 miles away); Gold Run (approx. 4.6 miles away); Historic Bell From St. Dominic's Church at Iowa Hill
The Stevens Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2011
2. The Stevens Trail Marker
(approx. 4.9 miles away); Schuyler Colfax (approx. 5 miles away); Colfax (approx. 5 miles away); Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (approx. 5 miles away); Colfax Freight Depot (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colfax.
 
Regarding The Stevens Trail. "Trail History: The story of the Stevens Trail begins with the establishment of the Gold Rush mining communities of Illinoistown and Iowa Hill, separated by the steep North Fork American River Canyon. The Stevens Trail was originally surveyed under the ownership and direction of John Rutherford, an Iowa Hill miner and tanner. Rutherford soon brought in a partner, Truman A. Stevens, also a miner. Stevens was responsible for the completion and actual use of the trail during its main years of historic use, 1870-1895.
The tail was originally used as a toll path from Colfax down to Secret Ravine along the American River and then traveled up the other side to Iowa Hill which was a major metropolis during the Gold Rush period. Eventually, the use of the trail died down as did gold fever and it was all but forgotten until 1969 when a Sacramento area Boy Scout was credited
The Stevens Trail Trailhead Sign. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2011
3. The Stevens Trail Trailhead Sign.
with rediscovering the trail. Although the bridge connecting the two sides of the river no longer stands, the trail still provides a beautiful hike through an area that was once bustling with miners...all in search of gold!"
From an information sheet posted on the bulletin board at the Stevens Trail Colfax Trailhead
 
Also see . . .  BLM: Stevens Trail. The trail today is a popular year-round 4.5 mile hiking trail. (Submitted on July 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. California Gold Rush
 
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The Stevens Trail Trailhead Located at Colfax. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 26, 2011
4. The Stevens Trail Trailhead Located at Colfax.
The Colfax Trailhead is located at the end of North Canyon Way.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on July 28, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on July 28, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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