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

Route of the Bartleson-Bidwell Party - 1841

 
 
Route of the Bartleson-Bidwell Party - 1841 Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 18, 2007
1. Route of the Bartleson-Bidwell Party - 1841 Marker
Inscription. The Bartleson-Bidwell party of 34 people was the first emigrant group to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains from the east. When they passed through this area during late October 1841, some of the party tried to follow the river. The impassable canyon to the left of the vista forced them to rejoin the party on the ridge trail across the canyon. Finally, starved and worn out, they arrived in the San Joaquin Valley.
 
Erected by USFS, Stanislaus National Forest.
 
Location. 38° 20.513′ N, 119° 55.474′ W. Marker is near Dardanelle, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker can be reached from Mono Way (California Route 108) 15.2 miles from Herring Creek Lane. Touch for map. Heading east on Hwy 108 toward Sonora Pass, from Herring Creek Road in Strawberry (this is the street the Post Office is on), go 15.2 miles to Donnell's Vista (sometimes called Donnell's Overlook). Turn into the parking area on the left and park. Marker is in this post office area: Pinecrest CA 95364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Last Battle (a few steps from this marker); Hayes Station (approx. 7.7 miles away); Jewels of the High Country
The Ridgetop image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 18, 2007
2. The Ridgetop
(approx. 9.9 miles away); The Emigrants of 1852-1853 (approx. 9.9 miles away); Reynold’s House (approx. 10.3 miles away); Bedrock Mortars (approx. 10.4 miles away); Following in their Footsteps - East Flange Rock (approx. 10˝ miles away); Old Emigrant Road (approx. 10˝ miles away).
 
More about this marker. There is a paved footpath that leads from the southeast corner of the parking area down to the overlook. The sign is along this path.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bidwell-Bartleson Party, 1841. The Bidwell-Bartleson Party was the first emigrant party to travel overland to California along the route that would eventually become the main California Trail. (Submitted on October 18, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. What Ever Became of John Bartleson?. The first emigrant train to California has been called the Bartleson Party, the Bartleson-Bidwell Party, and the Bidwell-Bartleson Party, after its captain, John Bartleson, and its most prominent member, John Bidwell. Bidwell rose to fame and influence in California, but what became of the captain of the company?.... (Submitted on October 18, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
The Ridgetop image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 18, 2007
3. The Ridgetop
 

3. The First Emigrant Train to California by John Bidwell. (Submitted on October 18, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
The Canyon image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 18, 2007
4. The Canyon
It's filled with a lake now, but you can see that it gets awfully narrow.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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