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Pollock Pines in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Mormon Emigrant Trail

 
 
The Mormon Emigrant Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 2016
1. The Mormon Emigrant Trail Marker
Inscription. Shortly after James W Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, his Mormon laborers were re-called to the Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah. On April, 9, 1848, a plan was devised to cut a wagon trail through the uncharted Sierra Nevada frontier. The trail would become the present day Mormon Emigrant Trail. In June, the wagon train departed Pleasant Valley with 45 men, one woman and 17 wagons, several yoke of oxen and 300 head of cattle.

Their first camp site was made July 4, 1848 by Mormon scout, Jason Calvin Sly at today's Sly Park. From there the wagon road was cut inch by inch, through the austere Sierra mountain range. When completed the Mormons had built the first east-west wagon road into Northern California. Tens of thousands used this road during California's gold rush for commerce and stagecoach travel.

Historian: Anthony M. Belli
 
Erected by Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.767′ N, 120° 34.68′ W. Marker is in Pollock Pines, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Pony Express Trail (Lincoln Highway) and Forebay
The Mormon Emigrant Trail Marker and Painting Depicting the Event image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 2016
2. The Mormon Emigrant Trail Marker and Painting Depicting the Event
This marker is seen in the center. One of the missing marker bases is on the left and the Logging in El Dorado County marker is on the far right.
Road, on the right when traveling east on Pony Express Trail (Lincoln Highway). Touch for map. The marker is located at the Northwest corner of the Safeway parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6498 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines CA 95726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The California Gold Rush (here, next to this marker); Logging in El Dorado County (here, next to this marker); Bullion Bend Robbery (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Bravery of Our Pioneer Officers (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); The Pony Express - Sportsmanís Hall (approx. 2 miles away); Sportsmanís Hall (approx. 2 miles away); Jenkinson Lake (approx. 3.1 miles away); Riverton Bridge (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pollock Pines.
 
More about this marker. This marker is placed at a six-sided kiosk having six markers and paintings depicting the events described on the markers. Two of the markers are missing.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Tragedy Spring site
 
Also see . . .  The Mormon Emigrant Trail. The first painting on this article is the same one that is seen on the kiosk. (Submitted on May 15, 2016.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationRoads & Vehicles
 
The Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
3. The Kiosk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2016, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2016, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on May 14, 2016, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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