Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Nevada County

First Wagons Across the Sierra Commemorative Marker 1 September 2014
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First Wagons Across the Sierra
Donner Pass Road and South Shore Drive
Donner Lake

The marker reads:

First Wagons Across the Sierra

The Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party, with guidance from old Caleb Greenwood and Chief Truckee, brought their wagons up the Truckee River bed and on Nov. 25, 1844 191 days out of Council Bluffs, Iowa passed this point and crossed the mighty Sierra summit directly to the west, blazing the famous California Emigrant Trail for all who followed.

Dedicated August 14, 1976
Chief Truckee Chapter 3691
E Clampus Vitus

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