Eager to learn more about Early California,
Pioneer and Gold Rush History on the Mormon Emigrant Trail, we headed out early for Carson Pass and a tour with docent, Dennis.
|The Kit Carson Pass was 'opened' during the Mexican period (1822-1847). Now known as simply Carson Pass, it would become the most significant route for the overland 49ers that came by the tens of thousands to man the California Gold Rush.|
|We began our lessons, on Old Highway 88. All of us were interested in the history here from the geological formations that exposed quartz (thus gold) to the incredible human element.|
|Once the emigrants reached the top of the Devil’s Ladder, they were nearly to the top of Carson Pass. In August 1849, a group of Odd Fellows heading for California's gold mines paused to paint their names on some large granite boulders.|
We have driven by Carson Pass numerous times. We hiked in amongst this history. Yet today was the first time we took the time to pause and absorb it all. To walk in the footsteps of these trailblazers is truly indescribable.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow captures all these pioneers when describing Frémont, "He has particularly touched my imagination. What a wild life, and what a fresh kind of existence! But, ah, the discomforts!"