Snowshoe Thompson

Snowshoe Thompson (HM1546)

Location: Truckee, CA 96161 Nevada County
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N 39° 20.243', W 120° 21.026'

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A hero of the Sierra Nevada Mountains!
Probably the first skier of the West. This Viking son of Norway, exemplified thespirit of a true pioneer. Strong, daring, faithful and courageous he was the answer to California's motto
"Bring Me Men to Match My Mountains."
For 20 years he was the winter lifeline between the new State of California and the East with a regular mail schedule between Placerville, California and Genoa, Nevada and other isolated hamlets of the Mother Lode Country. Mail, news of the world, medicine, supplies, and equipment arrived on the sturdy shoulders of this giant snow Viking. Over great snowdrifts through raging winter storms with packs of up to 100 pounds, he made his appointed rounds. His daring rescues, errands of mercy and many kindnesses made him a legend in his own time. He was born John Tostensen at Tinn in Telemark, Norway April 30, 1827. He died May 15, 1876, at the age of 49. He rests at the base of the mountains he loved, by the side of his wife and son in the cemetery at Genoa, Nevada. A simple headstone, engraved with a pair of skis, marks his grave.
HM NumberHM1546
Placed BySnowshoe Thompson Lodge No. 78, Sons of Norway, Yuba City, Ca
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 2:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 728353 N 4357565
Decimal Degrees39.33738333, -120.35043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 20.243', W 120° 21.026'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 20' 14.58" N, 120° 21' 1.56" W
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Area Code(s)530, 775, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19795 Boreal Ridge Rd, Truckee CA 96161, US
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