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Near Calpine in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not

 
 
Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, October 7, 2016
1. Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not Marker
Inscription. In 1852 a pack trail was blazed from Sierra Valley over the summit to the placer mines of the North Yuba. Originally packers transported hay but within a few years this trade included beef, butter, barley, oats, hogs, and poultry.

On April 24, 1860, the Sierra Democrat reported that a 73-mule train packed a disassembled stage over Yuba Pass from Sierra Valley. The stage was reassembled in Downieville and driven by Ike Green on the Middle North Yuba Trail from Downieville to Jamison City, which is now Plumas-Eureka State Park.

In 1861-62 a road was completed from Downieville to Sierra City. The Sierra County Board of Supervisors then contracted for a road to be built from Sierra City to Sierraville but it was not completed until 1870. The Yuba Gap Wagon Road/Sierra Valley Turnpike collected tolls for several years.
 
Erected by Tahoe National Forest, Downieville Chamber of Commerce, Sierra County Historical Society, California Department of Transportation and the Downieville Lions Club.
 
Location. 39° 36.996′ N, 120° 29.404′ W. Marker is near Calpine, California, in Sierra County. Marker is at the intersection of Yuba Pass Road and California Route 49, on the right when traveling south on
Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, October 7, 2016
2. Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not Marker
Yuba Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Calpine CA 96124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Howard Ranch and Inn 1865 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); Busch & Heringlake Building (approx. 8.4 miles away); Minerís Hotel (approx. 8.6 miles away); Henness – Zumwalt Pass (approx. 9.7 miles away); Webber Lake Hotel (approx. 9.7 miles away); Here Today – Gone Tomorrow (approx. 9.8 miles away); Plumas County Honor Roll World War Two and Korea and Vietnam (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
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Detail Photograph and Text from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley
3. Detail Photograph and Text from the Marker
In the winter horse-drawn sleighs and sleds were used to travel in the snow. Horses were fitted with nine-inch square metal shoes with rubber and canvas on the top for the horse's comfort and to prevent frostbite.
Detail Photograph from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, October 7, 2016
4. Detail Photograph from the Marker
Detail Map and Text from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, October 7, 2016
5. Detail Map and Text from the Marker
State Highway 49 is a 295-mile long road between Oakhurst in Madera County to Loyalton in Sierra County. The segment between Yuba Pass and the Middle Yuba River was constructed between 1918 and 1920 using convict laborers. The completion of Highway 49 allowed travelers easy access to Downieville and the Sierra Buttes/Gold Lake region.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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