Wednesday, October 18, 2006

California Historical Landmark #724

Pioneer Ski Area of America
California State Historical Landmark #724

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This landmark is located adjacent to the lobby entrance of cable car building at base of mountain in Squaw Valley in Placer County. There are 20 other California State Historical Landmarks in Placer County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 11.801 W 120° 14.150.

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One thousand competitors from 34 nations came to Squaw Valley to compete in the VIII Olympic Winter Games of 1960. The games, brought here by Alexander C. Cushing, commemorated a century of sport skiing in America. By 1860 mining towns in the Sierra Nevada, particularly Whiskey Diggings, Poker Flat, Port Wine, Onion Valley, La Porte, and Johnsville, saw the first organized ski clubs and competition in the Western hemisphere.

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