California State Historic Landmark 403
#403 Emigrant Gap
The spring of 1845 saw the first covered wagons to surmount the Sierra Nevada
mountains. They left this valley, ascended to the ridge and turned westward to Old Emigrant
Gap. The wagons 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.
Emigrant Gap Vista Point, I-80 (PM 55.5), Emigrant Gap.
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