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Near Bridgeport in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fremont’s Trail 1844

 
 
Fremont’s Trail 1844 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2011
1. Fremont’s Trail 1844 Marker
Inscription. On January 27th, a cold winter day in 1844, Captain John C. Fremont and his guide Kit Carson, led as small band of half-starved men west past this point. They were in search of the fabled Buena Ventura River, which they believed would give them easy passage through the high range to the west and on to the fort of John Sutter. A short way northwest of here, they were forced to abandon their howitzer because of the deep snow, as their tired men could no longer pull the 1500 pound gun and caisson. In desperation, Fremont decided to force a winter crossing of the great Sierra Nevada. They succeeded, and with his band of courageous men reprovisioned themselves at Sutter’s Fort and then recrossed the Great Basin arriving in St. Louis, Missouri on August 6, 1844. A year later, Fremont was back in California and was the United States officer who, on January 15, 1847, received the surrender of the California forces under General Andres Pico at Cahuenga Pass.
 
Erected 1977 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64/Mono County Board of Supervisors.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 20.91′ N, 119° 21.863′ W. Marker is near Bridgeport, California,
Fremont’s Trail 1844 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2011
2. Fremont’s Trail 1844 Marker
in Mono County. Marker is on Three Flags Highway (U.S. 395), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located at Devil's Gate Summit on Highway 395 between Sonora Junction and Bridgeport. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport CA 93517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hunewill Upper Sawmill (approx. 7.8 miles away); Mountain Warfare Training Center (approx. 8.1 miles away); East Walker Toll House (approx. 8.5 miles away); Bridgeport Elementary School (approx. 9.6 miles away); Mono County Memorial Hall (approx. 9.7 miles away); Old County Jail (approx. 9.7 miles away); Bridgeport Chronicle-Union (approx. 9.7 miles away); "The Irwin" (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgeport.
 
Also see . . .
1. John C. Fremont. Biography and additional information. (Submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Frémont's Lost Cannon. longcamp.org, a website dedicated to the life and adventures of John Frémont offers details of the cannon left in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Submitted on November 29, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Devil's Gate Summit image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2011
3. Devil's Gate Summit
John C. Frémont image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
4. John C. Frémont
 
 
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 790 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on November 29, 2011. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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