#148:  Bass Hill

<< 1 2 >>


Bridge Bay Resort parking lot, Bridge Bay turnoff and I-5





Private plaque


Plaque is inside the Bridge Bay Resort gates. I was allowed to enter and photograph the plaque without an entry fee.

From the Guidebook:

On the summit of Bass Hill a remnant of the California-Oregon stage road crosses the Pacific Highway and descends to the Pit River. Because this was a favorite 'holdup' spot in stage-coach days, a marker has been placed there in memory of W. L. Smith, division stage agent of the California and Oregon Stage Company, and of the pioneer stage drivers along this road.

From the plaque:

In loving memory to these pioneers who "Held the Ribbons" but have turned the bend in the road.

Williamson Lyncoya Smith, Aug. 6, 1830, born on a plantation on the James River, Bedford Co., Va. named "Lyncoya" by President Andrew Jackson. 1832. Family settled in Pike Co. Mo. Apr. 25, 1850. Left Pike Co. Mo. with McPike & Brothers express line for California. Aug. 6, 1850. Arrived in Placerville Calif. 1851. Continuously connected with U.S. Mail until 1892. Railroad between Sacramento & Portland was completed on Dec. 17, 1887. July 1854. Carried the first U.S. mail on horseback, from Jacksonville to Canyonville, Ore. May 31, 1902. Died at his home, West & Tehama Sts, Redding, Calif.

©2009 David Schmitt