Overland Emigrant Trail

California State Historic Landmark 799-2

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location. Landmark comments.

Plaque Photo:

799-2 Overland Emigrant Trail
It is estimated more than 30,000 settlers came into California over this trail in the year 1849. Near this site outcroppings of rocks still bear the marks of wagon wheels. For those travelers who reached this point the next ordeal was the tortuous descent into Bear Valley.

Site Photo:



Big Bend Ranger Station, 2008 Hampshire Rocks Rd (old Hwy 40), 8 mi W of Soda Springs.


The first picture shows rust marks left by the wagon wheels, and the second shows a tree bent by the weight of the wagons lowered by a rope tied around it.

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