Beckwourth Trail (Quincy to Marysville)

The Beckwourth Trail is described in a Trails West guidebook which may be available for purchase in the CTIC gift shop or you can purchase it directly from Trails West on their website. They have an online photo tour along the Beckworth Trail.

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FOOT OF A VERY STEEP HILL

"Passing some miners at work. Came to a small stream and to the foot of a very steep hill which we climbed with a great deal of yelling at cattle and the loss of considerable sweat." - Alpheus Richardson, September 10, 1852

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TO THE SUMMIT

"Ten o'clock and in three miles took the mountain again at a moderate grade which gradually increased to, in some places two to one [grades slope], to the summit, two miles." - Joshua H. Variel, September 18, 1852


Variel's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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ROUGH AND HILLY ROAD

"Crossed some very rough and hilly road the men with the loose horses taking a 'near cut' and following a trail was impassable for wagons we passed a camp where some miners were settled who had been here since July" - James Woodworth, September 16, 1853


James' diary is can be downloaded from the Woodworth Ancestors' webpage.

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FROM THE TOP

"From the top we drove down 2 miles and camped at the head of ... Meadow Valley and had fine grass here. We found some mountain strawberries and saw some of the largest kind of fir trees" - Alpheus Richardson, September 10, 1852

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SPANISH RANCH

"Thence down 8 miles, quite steep but smooth road, to the Spanish Ranch & camped. Tolerable grass, good water & wood. Gold diggings all around us. Visited one on a branch carried on extensively" - John E. Dalton, August 31, 1852


John's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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MEADOW VALLEY

"Found on gathering the cattle this morning that our bull was missing hunted untill near noon then crossed the hill to Meadow Valley ... went back and hunted ... this valley out ... know he was stolen." - Elizabeth Peckinpah, September 9, 1853

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BIG CREEK

"This morning loaded up our hay and proceeded down this valley 2 miles and then came into the main road and drove on this 2 miles ... to a small stream, then drove up it 2 miles and camped." - Alpheus Richardson, September 12, 1852

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BUCKS SUMMIT

"Started early and moved on to the foot of the Mt We found the ascent very difficult having some very bad hills to get over We had to take every thing out of the wagon and pack on the loose mules." - James Woodworth, September 17, 1853


James' diary is can be downloaded from the Woodworth Ancestor's webpage.

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BUCKS VALLEY

"Crossed the mountain to day which was something more than a molehill and a ant hill too Encamped in Bucks Valley on Tom Irons Ranch" - Elizabeth Peckinpah, September 10, 1853

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HASKINS VALLEY

"Camped in order to cut some grass to feed along the road ahead; and also on account of P. Linthicum who was still very sick; not expected to live; also to recruit the cattle." - John Dalton, September 3, 1852


John's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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GRIZZLY CREEK

"Thence across a brook with high banks where Squire Stephens upset the waggon he was driving in which was Philip Linthicum, and he was hurt very badly" - John Dalton, September 4, 1852


John's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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CUT GRASS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

"One mile to good grass and water, taking a left hand road. Here we cut grass for the mountains to-morrow, and moved down the valley some four miles ..., and camped. (Eight miles to-day)" - Joshua H. Variel, September 20, 1852


Variel's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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RIDGE ROAD

"This road passes down the dividing ridge between North and Middle Forks of Feather River, ... it is worse going up than coming down; wagons come down this road that cannot go back" - Joshua H. Variel, September 21, 1852


Variel's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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SOAPSTONE HILL

"We got some hay of iron at 4 cts per lb and started We travled for severall miles along a high ridge which rose high above a point between us and the Sacramento Valley which gave us a fine vieu" - James Woodworth, August 18, 1853


James' diary is can be downloaded from the Woodworth Ancestors' webpage.

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OVER HILLY COUNTRY

"Travelled all day through thick forests of hemlock and oaks over hilly country with no feed. Our poor beasts have had to climb along over the hills with nothing to eat ... there was nothing but weed for them," - William H. Woodhams, August 1, 1854


Woodhams' diary can be downloaded from the Nebraska History Magazine website.

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A ROUGH, HILLY ROAD

"Started at 8 o'clock and travelled a hilly dusty road, part of it very rough, about 18 miles to the mountain house & camped - No grass, good wood and water" - John E. Dalton, September 5, 1852


John's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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PEAVINE RANCH

"Got a good start and took the hills, which are more down than up, rough road and crooked - and went to Peavine Ranch at dusk, after a hard day's drive, eighteen miles." - Joshua Variel, September 21, 1852


Variel's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.

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DARE NOT LET OUR CATTLE RUN

"Dare not let our cattle run loose here for fear they will get poisend heard of it before we came and grought one waggon load of hay with us tied them in a correll which is but poor" - Elizabeth Peckinpah, September 13, 1853

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VERY STEEP IN PLACES

"Today the road descends the greater part of the way and very steep in places. While descending one hill one of the teams became unmanageable and ran against a tree and broke the tongue out of the wagon." - Alpheus Richardson, September 14, 1852

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MOUNTAIN HOUSE

"In two miles from Mountain House encamped a mile and half from the road on very little grass fear our stock will have a poor supper tonight." - Elizabeth Peckinpah, September 14, 1853


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A LARGE PARTY OF INDIANS

"Left our miserable stopping place before sunrise, went on six miles, then went off the road a mile and a half for feed of the most wretched description ... this evening we were visited by a large party of Indians." - William Woodhams, August 2, 1854


Woodhams' diary can be downloaded from the Nebraska History Magazine website.

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NEAR A RANCH

"We travelled on for 15 miles ... we stopped near a ranch at which we bought 8 lbs of barley ... & cook a squirrel which I had killed and some beef which we bought at 35 cts a pound." - James Woodworth, August 18, 1853


James' diary is can be downloaded from the Woodworth Ancestors' webpage.

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BERRY CREEK

"We left here at half past four intending to go as far as Bidwell Bar We passed on a bridge which crosses a pond made by damming a stream for the purpose of running [a] sawmill which is situated here." - James Woodworth, August 19, 1853


James' diary is can be downloaded from the Woodworth Ancestors' webpage.

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CANYON CREEK

"The road leads down this canyon 3 miles, then it runs over some small hills ... . In 3 miles from the canyon we came to Feather River at Bidwell Bar." - Alpheus Richardson, September 15, 1852

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BIDWELL'S BAR

"Passed down the mountain part of the way rough, ... and very dusty. 18 miles to Bidwell's Bar, on the Middle Fork of Feather River here is quite a town of canvass buildings, and mining is carried on extensively" - John E. Dalton, September 6, 1852


John's diary is part of the OCTA collection and can be downloaded from their website.


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MARYSVILLE

"Started for Marysville with good road at noon ... hitched up and plodded on our dusty road to Marysville, where we arrived about 4 o'clock. This is a busy little place, but they had just had quite an extensive fire." - William Woodhams, August 5, 1854


Woodhams' diary can be downloaded from the Nebraska History Magazine website.


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