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Noble's Trail Marker
California (Lassen County), Litchfield — N-26 — Nobles Trail - Soldiers Bridge
. . . — Map (db m112609) HM
California (Lassen County), Susanville — N-26 — Nobles Trail - Rooptown
"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
California (Lassen County), Westwood — L - 38 — Lassen Trail - Westwood
The east branch of Lassen’s Trail (1848 & later) passed near here to a campsite “near a small lake fed by springs,” — Map (db m56709) HM
California (Modoc County), Alturas — L-3 — Lassen Trail - Conical Rocks
“Striking the river this morning I noticed a cluster of singular shaped rocks sticking up in spires of a conical shape 20 to 30 feet high” - Andrew Lopp Murphy, Sep 26, 1849 — Map (db m113025) HM
California (Modoc County), Alturas — L-5 — Lassen Trail - Pit River Ford
“We crossed the creek here running between high banks, and drove a short distance down the north west side and encamped” — Elijah Preston Howell, Sep 6, 1849 — Map (db m113037)
California (Modoc County), Canby — L-11 — Lassen Trail - Pit River Canyon
"We were obliged to cross the stream quite a number of times, in consequence of the canons of rock which confine it to a narrow bed." - Amos Batchelder, Sep 29, 1849 Guidebook available Trails West Inc., P.O. Box 12045, Reno, NV 89510 . . . — Map (db m113659) HM
California (Modoc County), Davis Creek — A-32 — Applegate Trail - Descent to Goose Lake
"Traveled ... to Goose Lake. The descent ... is sidling and dangers. While we were nooning here 2 wagons of other trains were upset and mashed to atoms" - Simon Doyle, Sep 19 1849 Guidebook available Trails West Inc., P.O. Box 12045, . . . — Map (db m87849) HM
California (Modoc County), Davis Creek — A-33 — Applegate Trail - New Road to Yreka
"We leave the old Lawson Road for the new road to Shasta Valley (Yreka) to day It seems as if the road is one stone pile We have to goe a foot in such places for fear of getting our heads nocked off" Sophroni Helen Stone, Sep 13 1852 . . . — Map (db m87850) HM
California (Modoc County), Tule Lake — BC-2 — Burnett Cutoff - Muddy Waters
"We passed over ... smooth prairie for some distance. One evening we encamped at what was then called Goose Lake (at Copic Bay). It being late in the season, the water in the lake was very low, muddy, and almost putrid." Peter Burnett, Oct 1848 . . . — Map (db m87851) HM
California (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, 1850 — Map (db m95644) HM
California (Plumas County), Beckwourth — B - 11 — Beckwourth Trail – The Road Forks
“Beckwiths House (is) the first house that I have seen since I left (Ft.) Laramie... at Beckwiths House the roads fork, the left hand goes to 76 & Maryesville, the right hand is called Beckwiths rout to Maryesville.” – John F. . . . — Map (db m66177) HM
California (Plumas County), Meadow Valley — B-35 — Beckwourth Trail – Grizzly Creek
“Crossed a brook with high banks, where Squire Stephens upset the wagon he was driving in which was Philip Linthicum and he was hurt very badly” – John Dalton, Sep. 2, 1852 — Map (db m56549) HM
California (Plumas County), Meadow Valley — B-34 — Beckwourth Trail – Haskins Valley
“... camped in order to cut some grass to feed along the road ahead, and also on account of P. Linthicum who was still very sick; not expected to live.” – John Dalton, Sep. 3, 1852 — Map (db m56548) HM
California (Plumas County), Meadow Valley — B 33 — Beckwourth Trail – Rich Valley
Now under water, Rich Valley and Bucks Ranch (1850) made a superb stopping place for emigrants of 1851 and later. “Good grass, wood and water” – John Dalton, Sep. 1, 1852 — Map (db m56536) HM
California (Plumas County), Quincy — B-24A — Beckwourth Trail – American Ranch
This marker stands on part of the American Ranch of 1850. A way stop for emigrants of 1851 and later. “Here were obtained some fine vegetables...” Joshua Variel. Sept. 17, 1852 — Map (db m56403) HM
California (Plumas County), Quincy — B-24 — Beckwourth Trail – New England Ranch
“Had a hard road, crooked & rocky. Had to cross (Greenhorn) creek 8 times in going 5 miles. Got down to the New England Ranch at noon, camped here for today.” - Chester Smith, Sep. 27, 1852. — Map (db m66159) HM
California (Shasta County), Old Station — N-41 — Nobles Trail – Hat Creek Station
“Drove 5 miles to Hat Creek Station (Old Station). Wild looking place. Signs of Indians. They have been here of late fishing.” Gorman Gates Kimball, Jun 19, 1865 — Map (db m58127) HM
California (Shasta County), Old Station — N-48 — Nobles Trail – Third Nobles Pass
“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
California (Shasta County), Shasta — N-61 — Noble’s Trail
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
California (Shasta County), Shingletown — N - 56 — Nobles Trail – Charley’s Ranch
“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
California (Shasta County), Shingletown — N - 53 — Nobles Trail – Junction
. . . — Map (db m70346) HM
California (Siskiyou County), Dorris — A-50, Y-1 — South Road - Forks Of The Yreka Trail / Yreka Trail - The Trail Forks
(front plaque) South Road - Forks Of The Yreka Trail “All in need of provisions were supplied by a government agent at this camp. Near this point the road forks-one leading to Jacksonville, in Oregon, and the other to . . . — Map (db m113008) HM
California (Siskiyou County), Tulelake — A-48 — Applegate Trail - Campt
“Crossed on the natural bridge ... Composed of solid rock ... Went 15 miles had some stony road and came to Clamouth Lake & campt” -Phoebe Hogeboom Terwilliger, Oct 8, 1854 — Map (db m113111)
California (Siskiyou County), Tulelake — A-40 — Applegate Trail - Pothole Spring
"Camped at a magnificent spring of fresh cold water, which we called Goff's Spring, in honor of the newly elected lieutenant of the company." -Levi Scott, South Road Exploring Party, 1846 — Map (db m112971) HM
California (Siskiyou County), Tulelake — A-49 — Applegate Trail - Quite Rocky
“Morn. Fine. Cook still sick no breakfast or dinner for today. Get away in good time road runs over the bluff quite rocky to lake” -John Pratt Welsh, Aug 26, 1853 — Map (db m113116)
California (Siskiyou County), Tulelake — A-47 — Applegate Trail - Up a Steep Hill
“Here road leaves [Klamath] Lake and follows up the side of a steep hill 1/2 mile but is not hard to climb” -William Cochran Stoddard, Sep 16, 1852 — Map (db m113109)
California (Siskiyou County), Weed — A-46 — Applegate Trail - Clammett Lake
“Crossed the Sacremento [Lost River], over the hill or divide to a large swamp down this to a lake (Clammett) about 3 ms, down the lake and camped” -Lester Hulin, Oct 8, 1847 — Map (db m113117)
California (Tehama County), Butte Meadows — L-55 — Lassen Trail - Bruff's Camp
"The top of this hill is a narrow flat surface -... the hill is covered with tent wagons, oxen, mules, horses, men women, and children; some camps are on either side of the road, for several miles back." - J. Goldbrough Bruff, Oct 21, 1849 . . . — Map (db m87731) HM
California (Tehama County), Butte Meadows — L-53 — Lassen Trail - Mill Creek Overlook
"The view below and before us truly grand - - the lofty mountains the stupendous rocks with the deep but magnificent vale below ... renders this one of the finest and most picturesque views I ever beheld" - Henry Austin, Oct 21 1849 . . . — Map (db m87743) HM
California (Tehama County), Butte Meadows — L-52 — Lassen Trail - The Last Summit
"We gained the summit of greatest elevation. ... here we found 8 dead oxen, 2 discarded wagons, pieces of others, clothing, & c, scattered around" - J. Goldborough Bruff, Oct 21, 1849 Guidebook available Trails West Inc., P.O. Box . . . — Map (db m87741) HM
California (Tehama County), Butte Meadows — L-54 — Lassen Trail - The NarrowsIshi Monument —
"There is an immense abyss on either side, we could look down thousands of feet. The side of the ridge seeming almost perpendicular" - Charles Glass Gray, Sep 29, 1849 Guidebook available Trails West Inc., P.O. Box 12045, Reno, NV 89510 . . . — Map (db m87734) HM
California (Tehama County), Butte Meadows — L-56 — Lassen Trail - Unrecognizable Emigrants
"Could you see me I would not be recognized, dirty, filthy & ragged are fully equal in appearance (to) the natives excepting being in an entire state of nudity" - Wm. Steuben, Sep 20, 1849 Guidebook available Trails West Inc., P.O. . . . — Map (db m87729) HM
California (Tehama County), Vina — L-62 — Lassen Trail - Lassen Rancho Site
"At Lassens ... saw many of the emigrants arriving here. They are broken down with the fatigue. Young men made old & stiff. Many dying with dysentary, fever, scurvey" - Pardon Tiffany, Oct 10, 1849 Guidebook available Tails West Inc. P.O. . . . — Map (db m89185) HM
California (Yuba County), Marysville — B-50 — Beckwourth Trail – Marysville
“Started for Marysville with good road at noon... hitched up and plodded on our dusty road to Marysville, where we arrived at 4 o’clock. This is a busy little place, but they had just had quite an extensive fire” – William . . . — Map (db m113874) HM
California (Yuba County), Wheatland — T-69 — Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch
”with practically no food for man or beast, and by bringing all the energy and courage which both men and beast possessed,…we succeeded in…reaching the first, or Johnston’s settlement.” -Benjamin Hoffman, Sep 1, 1849 — Map (db m40842) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Almo — C-12 — California Trail - Granite Pass
"At the entrance of the pass was a pleasant little spring & fine branch." - Wakeman Bryarly, Jul 20, 1849 Guidebook available Trails West Inc, P.O. Box 12045 Reno NV 89510 — Map (db m138456) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Almo — C-7 — California Trail - Nearing City of Rocks
"We enter a gorge of the hills which in a short time brings us to a large ampitheatre surrounded with rock of every kind of fanciful character." -- Joseph Middleton Aug 26, 1849 Guidebook Available Trails West Inc. P.O. Box 12045, Reno . . . — Map (db m123955) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Almo — C-9 — California Trail -- Pinnacle Pass
"A ride ... brought us to the outlet of this romantic vale, a very narrow pass - just wide enough for a wagon, and on either side very high, jagged and thin walls of granite ... called the 'Pinnacle Pass'" - J.G. Bruff, Aug 29, 1849 . . . — Map (db m123990) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Almo — C-8 — California Trail -- Silent City of Rocks
"The gray granit rocks stand in pyramid monument & dome forms., here & there towering aloft. The road winds along between them. Emigrants names are written ... on these curious structures" -- Augustus Ripley Burbank, Aug 4, 1849 Guidebook . . . — Map (db m123987) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Almo — C-10 — California Trail - Trail Junction
. . . — Map (db m124002) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Delco — C-1 — California Trail - Parting of the Ways
"The Oregon road take up the bluff and follows the course of the (Snake) river while we keep to the left and follow the creek (Raft River) nearly to its source. ... crossing the creek we followed up the bottom" -- Byron McKinstry, Aug 1, 1850 . . . — Map (db m123844) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Delco — C-2 — California Trail - Raft River Recrossing
"Arrived at Raft River, crossed and nooned. ... traveled five miles up Raft River and camped after recrossing it. Grass in abundance and plenty of wood" -- Cyrus Loveland, Aug 3 1850 Guidebook Available Trails West Inc. P.O. Box 12045, . . . — Map (db m123846) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Delco — C-3 — California Trail - Raft River Valley
"We traveled up Raft River 16 miles. The road, water and grass, good. Entirely destitute of timber, except a little willow on the streams and the wild sage." -- Chester Ingersoll, Aug 13, 1847 Guidebook Available Trails West Inc. P.O. . . . — Map (db m123848) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Elba — C-5 — California Trail - Leaving Cassia Creek
"After crossing (Cassia Creek) we crossed a swamp, which required considerable persevering to get through safely. Three miles farther we encamped on the side of a hill, between two ranges of mountains" -- Wakeman Bryarly, Jul 18, 1849 . . . — Map (db m123883) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Elba — C-6 — California Trail - Summit Creek
"By an easy ascent reached a summit and as gradually descended to a valley (Upper Raft River Valley) of sage and sand sloping to the south east. The streams running towards the (Great) Salt Lake." Byron N. McKinstry, Aug 3, 1850 Guidebook . . . — Map (db m123886) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Malta — C-4 — California Trail - Cassia Creek
"We came onto the Subetts Cut Off road (Hudspeth Cutoff), or rather that cut off come onto our road which is the old and longest road." -- Henry Anable, Aug 7, 1852 Guidebook Available Trails West Inc. P.O. Box 12045, Reno NV . . . — Map (db m123882) HM
Idaho (Cassia County), Oakley — C-11 — California Trail - Prairie Valley
"The moon just rising above the mountains, throwing mild light over the valley & opposite mountain, formed a beautiful scene of prairie mountain life." -- Hugh Brown Heiskell, Sep 3, 1849 Guidebook Available Trails West Inc. P.O. Box . . . — Map (db m124026) HM
Nevada (Elko County), Elko — C-38 — California Trail - Greenhorn Cutoff
About two miles southwest of this marker, the Greenhorn Cutoff ascended and wound through the hills for about twelve miles to avoid river crossings in Carlin Canyon. — Map (db m70353) HM
Nevada (Elko County), Wells — C-29 — California Trail - Humboldt Wells Route
"We had to descend a bad hill to get down to the creek, where we nooned near some well springs." -- Byron McKinstry, Aug 10, 1850 Guidebook available Trails West Inc, P.O. Box 12045 Reno NV 89510 — Map (db m138454) HM
Nevada (Eureka County), Beowawe — C-45 — California Trail - 1841 Route
. . . — Map (db m138453) HM
Nevada (Humboldt County), Winnemucca — C-61 — California Trail - Humboldt Sloughs
"The water is warm and tastes but little better than soap suds. We use acid in all the water we drink, by that means we manage to get along, although we are all anxious to get off this river" - Ephriam Brandiff, Aug. 16, 1852 — Map (db m70354) HM
Nevada (Humboldt County), Winnemucca — C-62B — California Trail - South Side
"The road still continues on the south side of the river, there is also one on the north side and I believe it is the old one. The one on the south side is said to be the best." - Joseph Middleton, Sep 18, 1849 Guidebook available Trails . . . — Map (db m138455) HM
Nevada (Humboldt County), Winnemucca — C-62 — California Trail - Trading Post
"Saw in this distance a flag flying denoting a trading post, rode over to it but found the most they had to sell was very poor whiskey. ... These traders get a great price for everything they sell." - Henry S. Anable, Aug. 25, 1852 — Map (db m70355) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — T-24 — Truckee Trail - Rocky Ravine
"We took up the mountain side through a rough and rocky, but not very steep, ravine. Large pines, firs and cedars abound,...some of which are fully six feet through." - Isaac J. Wistar, Aug 17, 1849 — Map (db m99650) HM
Oregon (Jackson County), Gold Hill — A-83 — Applegate Trail - Fort Birdseye
"Followed down the river (with some of our too neighborly Indians) about 12 m[ile] and camped" - Lester Hulin, Oct 17, 1847 — Map (db m112839) HM
Oregon (Josephine County), Wolf Creek — A-90 — Applegate Trail - Grave Creek
"Move one mile to camp (on Grave Creek), having none last night, and spent the day burying Mr. Cowley's daughter (Martha), who died yesterday evening, age about 14 years." - Virgil K. Pringle, Oct. 19, 1846 — Map (db m112854) HM

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