Tuolumne County Points of Interest

Sonora Plaza Shopping Center
If you stood here a century and a half ago,
you would have been at the end of a formidable
journey, having arrived at last in the golden new
state of California.

Stand here today and you are surrounded by traffic
and strip malls with no sense of place.

The internal combustion engine has not been
kind to California.

All Photos 4 December 2012
(Click Photos to Zoom)

Emigrant Trail Terminus
Mono Way and Greenley Road
Year 1853

The marker reads:

Emigrant Trail Terminus

Sonora was the goal of many emigrants traveling the various overland and sea routes.

The 1852 Clark-Skidmore Party of emigrants from Elizabethtown, Ohio and Lawrenceburg, Indiana struggled to force a wagon train up the Walker River and over the 10,000 ft. pass east of Sonora. In 1853, more than 2,000 emigrants with 20,000 cattle followed, creating a new emigrant road to Sonora.

Difficult for wagon travel, the Walker River and Sonora wagon route was soon abandoned. The Emigrant Wilderness area in the high country has been named to honor these pioneers. Following major changes, the trail became an important passenger and supply route between the Bodie gold regions and Sonora.

Dedicated by the Oregon-Calif. Trails Association
and the
E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849
February 8, 1996

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