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Historical Markers in Soda Springs, California

 
Clickable Map of Nevada County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Nevada County, CA (218) Placer County, CA (207) Sierra County, CA (55) Yuba County, CA (46) Washoe County, NV (88)  NevadaCounty(218) Nevada County (218)  PlacerCounty(207) Placer County (207)  SierraCounty(55) Sierra County (55)  YubaCounty(46) Yuba County (46)  WashoeCountyNevada(88) Washoe County (88)
Soda Springs is in Nevada County
      Nevada County (218)  
      Placer County (207)  
      Sierra County (55)  
      Yuba County (46)  
      Washoe County, Nevada (88)  
 
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1California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Central Sierra Snow LabHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History California has some of the most productive farmland in the world and a population of 38 million people. California alone is on of the biggest economies in the world. Water is critical to that economy and Sierran snows are critical . . . Map (db m105197) HM
2California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — 7 — Donner Summit LodgeHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History At one time there were many lodges and inns along Highway 40. Today one can drive from the Bay Area to Donner Summit in a couple of hours but when Highway 40 was the only route it was two lanes and went through every downtown on the . . . Map (db m129580) HM
3California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon RoadHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History Only 17 hours from Sacramento to Virginia City. "Safety and comfort can't be beat." "By far the best road constructed across the mountains." "Half the maximum grade" of other roads. "Constructed in the best in the best possible . . . Map (db m129648) HM
4California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Ice LakesHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History Before 1850 you drank your root beer or sarsaparilla warm in California. Then ice began to be imported from Alaska. No one realized there was a closer supply in the Sierra. Ice Lakes got its name from the ice industry that arrived . . . Map (db m129593) HM
5California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Lake Van Norden DamHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History There has been a dam at the end of Summit Valley since the 1870's as you can see if you look closely at the top photograph here. To the left of the dam you can also see the buildings that used to be the "downtown" Soda Springs . . . Map (db m129582) HM
6California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Meadow Lake – Excelsior
. . . Map (db m65996) HM
7California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Royal Gorge HistoryA Brief and Recent History of Royal Gorge
America's Largest Nordic Ski Resort Opens When Royal Gorge opened in the 70's, Nordic skiing in the U.S. was in its infancy. Since then, the sport has grown to near European popularity and Royal Gorge became renowned the world over, boasting . . . Map (db m129654) HM
8California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Snowshoe Thompson
A hero of the Sierra Nevada Mountains! Probably the first skier of the West. This Viking son of Norway, exemplified the spirit of a true pioneer. Strong, daring, faithful and courageous he was the answer to California’s motto “Bring Me . . . Map (db m60514) HM
9California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — 9 — Soda Springs HotelHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History Before the coming of the hotels and ski areas, the only Summit industry was the railroad. There had been a few dairies, two ice houses, sheep and some lumbering, even a still on the hill, but the railroad was key to the Summit. . . . Map (db m105196) HM
10California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — 8 — Soda Springs StoreHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History There have been many Soda Springs stores over the years on both sides of the railroad tracks. The original Soda Springs Store serviced the many industries on the Summit: ice harvesting, diaries, lumber mills, sheep grazing, and of . . . Map (db m105170) HM
11California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Summit City / Meadow Lake
In June of 1863, the trapper Henry Hartley discovered gold bearing ore here and staked out the Excelsior Company claims. Exaggerated reports and a 1865 market panic in the Comstock mines of Virginia City brought thousands of miners overnight to the . . . Map (db m68759) HM
12California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Summit Valley Native American MortarsHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History For thousands of years Native Americans from what is now Nevada called Summit Valley their summer home. They came to hunt, fish, gather food, and trade with Native Americans from what is now California. We can see evidence of their . . . Map (db m129595) HM
13California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — Summit Valley Sheep PensHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History "The sound of the bells when it was quiet (no trains), was magical to hear." The tinkle of bells on the lead sheep was once a common sound in Summit Valley late in the summer and fall. Lake Van Norden filled with water with . . . Map (db m129645) HM
14California (Nevada County), Soda Springs — HEV-003 — Western America Skisport MuseumCalifornia Point of Historical Interest HEV-003
Downhill ski racing history in the Western Hemisphere first began in California circa 1857, and in this famous Donner Pass of the Sierra Nevada the Auburn Ski Club presents a full exhibition of pioneered manpower transportation and skisport history . . . Map (db m60888) HM
15California (Placer County), Soda Springs — 12 — Emigrant Wagon RouteHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History After the emigrants had successfully negotiated Donner Pass, they rested in Summit Valley (Van Norden now). They grazed the stock, drank their fill of the pure water and rested. The trip had been exhausting and dangerous but now . . . Map (db m175610) HM
16California (Placer County), Soda Springs — 799-2 — Overland Emigrant Trail
It is estimated more than 30,000 settlers came into California over this trail in the year 1849. Near this site outcroppings of rocks still bear the marks of wagon wheels. For those travelers who reached this point the next ordeal was the tortuous . . . Map (db m95507) HM
17California (Placer County), Soda Springs — 6 — Rainbow Lodge
History Rainbow Tavern, as it was known, was built in 1927 by Herstle Jones who also built Nyack Lodge. He was the brother of Oscar Jones who built the Soda Springs Hotel. Rainbow Lodge served as a way spot for summer travelers over the . . . Map (db m95575) HM
18California (Placer County), Soda Springs — Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party
In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party became the first wagon party to cross the Sierra Nevada. A portion of the group spent the winter nearby along the Yuba River, before continuing to Sutter's Fort in the spring of 1845. Their pioneering . . . Map (db m95508) HM
19California (Placer County), Soda Springs — T-42 — Truckee Trail - Leaving Summit Valley
About one mile from our camp and we left the valley to our right and went up a ravine on the left; 4 miles more brought us to a group of lakes (6 in number) the water in them was cool and beautifully clear - John Markle, August 22, 1849Map (db m149586) HM
20California (Placer County), Soda Springs — T-43 — Truckee Trail - Through Boulder Field
You take off to the left of the valey [sic] (Summit Valley) Travel over much bad road The rock is all through the wood looking like waggons [sic] white cows and sheep Micajah Littleton, Sep 28, 1850Map (db m95644) HM
 
 
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