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Near Pinecrest in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Emigrants of 1852-1853

 
 
The Emigrants of 1852-1853 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2011
1. The Emigrants of 1852-1853 Marker
Inscription. Originating from Ohio & Indiana, the Clark Skidmore party of 1852 – 75 people & 13 mule wagons – was the 1st wagon train to gross the Sierra-Nevada via the Walker River-Sonora route. 35 days were spent to blaze a trail of 60 miles over this roughest of the Sierra crossings. They filled ravines with tons of rock, dug a trench to drain Fremont Lake to enable passing around a cliff. Twice, nearly starving, men were sent to Sonora-Columbia for food & road building supplies. Many deserted and on Sept. 10, 1852 the 15 remnants rolled into Columbia, cheered on the last mile by 300 citizens and a brass band.

The route in brief: Leavitt Meadow, Fremont Lake, Emigrant Meadow Lake, Brown Bear Pass, down Summit Creek, Relief Valley, Whitesides Meadow, Burst Rock, Bell Meadow, MiWuk Ridge, N. Twain Harte, Phoenix Lake, Sonora, Columbia.

Early summer of 1853, Geo. W. Patrick, Sonora’s 2nd mayor, met a wagon train bearing his wife & daughters at the Carson River. Convincing the group to take the Sonora Rt. He was nearly lynched when the going got tough. The Rt. was described as ‘strewn with wreckage of prairie schooners, oxen yoke & bleached animal bones'. One of his daughters died from the ordeal and the grave of B.S. Hubbs can still be found ¼ mile above Saucer Meadow.

That summer approx. 600 wagons 2,100
The Emigrants of 1852-1853 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2011
2. The Emigrants of 1852-1853 Marker
emigrants and 19,000 head of cattle used this route. Notable parties Duckwall, Trahern, Kerrick, Browder, Crow & Stubblefield
 
Erected 1985 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 18.665′ N, 119° 44.743′ W. Marker is near Pinecrest, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Kennedy Meadows Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the Kennedy Meadow Resort at the end of the Kennedy Meadows Road. Marker is in this post office area: Pinecrest CA 95364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jewels of the High Country (a few steps from this marker); Following in their Footsteps - East Flange Rock (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hayes Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sonora Pass (approx. 6 miles away); Sonora Mono Toll Road (approx. 6 miles away); Route of the Bartleson-Bidwell Party - 1841 (approx. 9.9 miles away); The Last Battle (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The Emigrants of 1852-1853 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 23, 2012
3. The Emigrants of 1852-1853 Marker
Kennedy Meadows Saloon in the background.
Interior of the Kennedy Meadows Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 23, 2012
4. Interior of the Kennedy Meadows Saloon
Lottie Pedro plaque is mounted on the wall.
Lotty Pedro Plaque Mounted on the Wall Inside the Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 23, 2012
5. Lotty Pedro Plaque Mounted on the Wall Inside the Saloon
Charlotte Vera Pedro
“Aunt Lottie”
1890– 1989
Tuolumne County’s “Mountain Queen” loved people, animals and the wilderness. Born into a Sonora gold rush family, “Aunt Lottie” bore no children but was mother to many. Lottie worked at many resorts but favored Kennedy Meadows and spent fifty years here doing what she loved most, caring for others.
Dedicated Sept. 9, 1989, 5994
E Clampus Vitus Matuca 1849
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the grave of B.S. Hubbs. • Can you help?
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