Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Placer County
The marker is located at the Big Bend Visitor Center beside the marker for California Landmark 799-2, Overland Emigrant Trail.
In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party became the first wagon party to cross the Sierra Nevada. A portion of the group spent the winter nearby along the Yuba River, before continuing to Sutter's Fort in the spring of 1845. Their pioneering effort marked the opening of the Truckee Route of the California Trail.
Dedicated September 4, 1994
Tahoe National Forest, Nevada County Historical Society
Placer County Historical Society, Oregon California Trail Assn.
Truckee Donner Historical Society, Sierra State Park Foundation