Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Placer County

South Fork of Yuba River
South Yuba River

2 September 2014
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Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party
Big Bend Visitor Center
49685 Hampshire Rocks Road
Soda Springs

The marker is located at the Big Bend Visitor Center beside the marker for California Landmark 799-2, Overland Emigrant Trail.

Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party

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

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