Friday, May 27, 2011

California Historical Landmark #661

I stopped here on my way to Reno for the Petersen Shootout.

Old Emigrant Road
California State Historical Landmark #661

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This landmark is located at Lake Caples on State Highway 88, Kirkwood, California. There are 5 other California State Historical Landmarks in Alpine County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 42.178 W 120° 02.189.

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California Historical Landmark #661

Here the Old Emigrant Road of 1848 swung down across the meadow now covered by Caples Lake (Twin Lakes) and climbed along the ridge at the right to the gap at the head of the valley. From this summit (9,460 feet) it descended to Placerville. This rough and circuitous section became obsolete in 1863 when a better route was blasted out of the face of the cliff at Carson Spur.

California Historical Landmark #661

The plaque was missing when I visited the site.

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