Nevada City Road

The Nevada City Road (along with the Truckee River Route) 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.

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THE NEW ROAD

"One mile from where you come into the valey you come to the forks of the road one goes down [to] Steep Hollow to the left and the other by Navada City when you take the right ... that is when you take the new road" - Micajah Littleton, October 2, 1850


Micajah's partial diary (but not including this section of the Trail) can be downloaded from theĀ OCTA website.


The T-51 Marker is located on the reverse side of this marker.

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TO WASHINGTON RIDGE

[From Bear Valley] "Drove four miles up a steep mountain over rocks and old logs [to Washington Ridge] a road that defies description." - Edwin M. Primes, October 10, 1850

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WASHINGTON RIDGE SUMMIT

"Climbing the steep mountain road [from Bear Valley] to the summit, we struck off in a westerly course, along a heavily timbered ridge" - John Steele, September 21, 1850


John's diary can be viewed on Hathitrust.

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OPPOSITE WASHINGTON DIGGINGS

"Traveled 16 miles of pretty good road except [from] Bear Valey. Hilly which was very steep. Camped in the mountain opposite Washington [diggings] on the Yuba River. No feed or water, but plenty of timber." - John R. Shinn, September 30, 1850

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ON WASHINGTON RIDGE

"The roads getting better ... on this route ... we also passed some digings yesterday to our right on the Yuba River but I did not see them they are called Washington Digings." - Micajah Littleton, October 3, 1850

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NO WATER ON WASHINGTON RIDGE

"We camped in the woods and chained our oxen to a tree and fed them a little hay that we got in the [Bear] valley for the purpose; we had no water for them, but got a little for ourselves by going a mile for it." - William B. Baker, August 31, 1852

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CENTRAL HOUSE

"Drove 15 miles and camped at the mountain cottage [Central house]. Tied our cattle up to the waggons as there was no feed to be had for them." - Edwin M. Primes, October 10, 1850

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HARMONY RIDGE ROUTE

"Traveled 14 miles, a good road today; entered Nevada City a little after noon, where we found everything plenty and ourselves at home; we are now in the gold-diggings and settlements, so I will close my journal here." - William B. Baker, September 1, 1850

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LEAVING WASHINGTON RIDGE

"We dared not let them browse among the trees lest, by feeding on the poison oak, it might prove ... fatal to them ... We therefore sought a place of greater safety ... through a forest of pine and cedar," - John Steele, September 22, 1850


Steele's diary can be viewed on Hathitrust.


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ROCK CREEK

"We started from Cold Spring [Central House] in the morning and traveled 10 and came to Rock Creek and encamp and their was two trading houses we are now [within] 4 miles of Nevada City" - William P. Thompson, September 1, 1850

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NEVADA CITY

"East of ... [Nevada] City was a range of hills, which for a distance of over three miles was perforated with holes, and swarming with people ... They were known as the Coyote Diggins. Here were some of the richest mines ..." - John Steele, September 23, 1850


Steele's diary can be viewed on Hathitrust.


Henness Pass Marker HP-17 is located on the back side of this marker.