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Nobles Trail Historical Markers
The Nobles Trail began in 1852 by William Noble as an alternate wagon route that initially branched off the Applegate Trail at Black Rock and headed southwesterly through forested and volcanic country, finally arriving at Shasta City, CA. Sixty-one official T-markers by Trails West Inc. document its route.
This route was first used in 1852 by emigrants to Northern California seeking to avoid the hardships of the Lassen Trail. It crossed the desert from the Humbolt River in Nevada, passed this point, and proceeded over the mountains to the town of . . . — — Map (db m10269) HM
This meadow, now a city park, was a welcome stopping place on the Noble Emigrant Trail, pioneered by William H. Nobles in 1851 and first used in 1852. Here, emigrants en route to the Northern California mines were able to rest, refresh their stocks, . . . — — Map (db m10268) HM
"This is a village of about 20 houses nearly all of which were built this summer. (It) is situated at the head of the valley... there is a hotel, store, blacksmith shop and... a saw-mill not far away." - Allen J. Tyrrell, Sep 8, 1860 . . . — — Map (db m87785) HM
“We had at starting 5 miles up-hill travel mostly of a gradual ascent. This brought us to the summit of the hill from which Sacramento Valley may be seen.”
Allen J. Tyrell, Sep 14, 1860 — — Map (db m58129) HM
On this site, in May 1852, a group of Shasta merchants met with William H. Noble to employ him as a guide over a direct route he had marked as an immigrant trail. This meeting resulted in the establishment of the Noble's Trail.
Rededicated . . . — — Map (db m112612) HM
This tablet marks the route of those early pioneers who, in 1852, first went over
The Noble Pass
Linking the Humboldt – Nevada Road with Shasta and Northern California, and their road is . . . — — Map (db m58115) HM
In 1852, William H. Nobles located an easier and more direct route to California for gold-seekers and pioneers heading west. Nobles Trail contributed importantly to the development of Northern California and led to additional transportation routes. . . . — — Map (db m58138) HM
Pioneered by William Nobles, this trail linked the Applegate Trail in Nevada to the Northern Sacramento Valley. During the 1850s and 60s, several thousand emigrants used this trail in their migration from the eastern United States. — — Map (db m58473) HM
“Traveled 15 miles to Charley’s Ranch and camped there. Good water, drove the stock 2 miles to grass, here we heard the first chicken crow, and saw the first hog.”
- John S.L. Taylor, Sep. 2, 1854 — — Map (db m70349) HM