California State Historical Landmark #403
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This landmark is located at the Emigrant Gap Vista Point on Interstate 80 in Placer County, California. There are 20 other California State Historical Landmarks in Placer County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 17.957 W 120° 40.370.
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The spring of 1845 saw the first covered wagons surmount the Sierra Nevada. They left the valley, ascended to the ridge, and turned westward to old Emigrant Gap, where they were lowered by ropes to the floor of Bear Valley. Hundreds followed before, during, and after the gold rush. This was a hazardous portion of the overland emigrant trail.