California-Nevada

Covering Emigrant Trails of California & Nevada

Emigrant Trails of California and Nevada

1/7 Emigrant Trails of California and Nevada

Looking west along the Bishop Creek Route of the California Trail

2/7 Looking west along the Bishop Creek Route of the California Trail

Pyramid Creek – Slippery Ford – Johnson’s Cutoff

3/7 Pyramid Creek – Slippery Ford – Johnson’s Cutoff

Grizzly Flat Cutoff – Class 1 Swale – Approach to the Cosumnes River

4/7 Grizzly Flat Cutoff – Class 1 Swale – Approach to the Cosumnes River

Emigrant Graves Near Beowawe

5/7 Emigrant Graves Near Beowawe

Johnson’s Cutoff Mapping Team

6/7 Johnson’s Cutoff Mapping Team

Fernley Deep Sand Swales Clean Up Crew 2012

7/7 Fernley Deep Sand Swales Clean Up Crew 2012

The emigrant trails in Northern California and Northern Nevada are the main focus of the California-Nevada Chapter. The principle goal is to identify, map, and preserve the hundreds of miles of trail within California and Nevada while educating the public about this rich heritage.

Overview

There are twenty five major emigrant trails located in Northern Nevada and Northern California. A few early pioneers such as the Bidwell Party, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party and the Donner Party traversed the high desert of Northern Nevada and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California to reach the fertile land and mild climate of California. But it was the discovery of Gold in 1848 that brought the throngs of emigrants to the gold fields. As new strikes were made, new trails were found to bring the miners and settlers west. These trails are being inventoried and mapped to OCTA’s Mapping Emigrant Trails (MET) standards by the CA-NV Chapter for preservation and for the benefit of present and future generations.

      Leadership

      • President: Dick Waugh
      • Vice President: Steve Shaw
      • Director: Ken Johnston
      • Director: Duane Jones
      • Director: Steve Knight
      • Director: David Smythe
      • Past President: Mark Wilson
      • Preservation Officer: John Winner
      • Secretary: Kathy Koester
      • Treasurer: Phyillis Smith

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