#403:  Emigrant Gap

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Emigrant Gap Vista Pt, Interstate 80 (P.M. 55.5 Westbound)

Plaque: 39.299284,-120.672832




State Plaque



From the Guidebook:

The spring of 1845 saw the first covered wagons surmount the Sierra Nevada. They left the valley, ascended to the ridge, and turned westward to old Emigrant Gap, where they were lowered by ropes to the floor of Bear Valley. Hundreds followed before, during, and after the gold rush. This was a hazardous portion of the overland emigrant trail.

David Schmitt