The Mormon Emigrant Trail

The Mormon Emigrant Trail (HM1S7I)

Location: Pollock Pines, CA 95726 El Dorado County
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N 38° 45.767', W 120° 34.68'

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Shortly after James W Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, his Mormon laborers were re-called to the Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah. On April, 9, 1848, a plan was devised to cut a wagon trail through the uncharted Sierra Nevada frontier. The trail would become the present day Mormon Emigrant Trail. In June, the wagon train departed Pleasant Valley with 45 men, one woman and 17 wagons, several yoke of oxen and 300 head of cattle.

Their first camp site was made July 4, 1848 by Mormon scout, Jason Calvin Sly at today's Sly Park. From there the wagon road was cut inch by inch, through the austere Sierra mountain range. When completed the Mormons had built the first east-west wagon road into Northern California. Tens of thousands used this road during California's gold rush for commerce and stagecoach travel.

Historian: Anthony M. Belli
HM NumberHM1S7I
Placed BySponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 710437 N 4293238
Decimal Degrees38.76278333, -120.57800000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 45.767', W 120° 34.68'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 45' 46.02" N, 120° 34' 40.8" W
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Area Code(s)530, 916
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Elm St, Pollock Pines CA 95726, US
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