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

Sonora Mono Toll Road

 
 
Sonora MonoToll Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
1. Sonora MonoToll Road Marker
Inscription. Oldest of the Trans-Sierra Emigrant Trails to California is spectacular Sonora Pass crossed by Highway 108, second highest (9,626 feet) of all the highway crossings of the range. The Bartleson-Bidwell Party, with mules, horses and oxen, made the first crossing on October 18, 1841. This route was not attempted by wagons until 1852. “Grizzly” Adams took the trail over Sonora Pass in April, 1854, and reported “on all sides lay old axel trees and wheels Ö.melancholy evidence of the last seasonís disasters.” The present route first projected in 1862 was finally completed as a toll road, due to the extreme cost, by Mono, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Counties in 1865. It was said to take three weeks for a six-horse team to make the round trip between Sonora and Bridgeport.
 
Erected 1983 by Bodie Chapter No.64, Matuca Chapter No.1849, E Clampus Vitus, September 10, 1983.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 19.722′ N, 119° 38.238′ W. Marker is near Kennedy Meadows, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on California Route 108 at milepost 0, 15 miles west of U.S. 395, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
Sonora MonoToll Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
2. Sonora MonoToll Road Marker
is 100 feet upslope from the highway. Shoulder parking spots for approximately 5 vehicles is available. Marker is at or near this postal address: Sonora Pass - Tuolumne County/Mono County Line, Pinecrest CA 95364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sonora Pass (here, next to this marker); Following in their Footsteps - East Flange Rock (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Emigrants of 1852-1853 (approx. 6 miles away); Jewels of the High Country (approx. 6 miles away); Mountain Warfare Training Center (approx. 7 miles away); Hayes Station (approx. 7.9 miles away); Golden Gate Mine (approx. 14 miles away); a different marker also named Golden Gate Mine (approx. 14 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker may only be seen during the late Spring, Summer or early Fall, as the highway is closed during the winter.
 
Also see . . .
1. Daniel M. Rosen - Western Migration: The Bartleson-Bidwell Party. (Submitted on September 26, 2008.)
2. Sierra Mountain Times - May 28, 2008. (Submitted on September 26, 2008.)
 
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A Section of the Current Alignment of the Sonora-Mono Road (Sonora Pass) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
3. A Section of the Current Alignment of the Sonora-Mono Road (Sonora Pass)
A Section of the Current Alignment of Sonora MonoToll Road (Sonora Pass) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
4. A Section of the Current Alignment of Sonora MonoToll Road (Sonora Pass)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,883 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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