Trail of the first wagons over the Sierra Nevada

by Charles K. Graydon

Publisher: Patrice Press in Tucson, Ariz

Written in English
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 113).

StatementCharles K. Graydon.
LC ClassificationsF868.S5 G73 1994
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 114 p. :
Number of Pages114
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1103063M
ISBN 101880397072
LC Control Number94028043

First explored by Peter Skene Ogden in , the Humboldt was the crucial river that crossed present-day arid Nevada for more than miles, providing vital water and grass in desolate country. Establishing this final portion of the trail required a crucial link between the western end of .   Without guides who knew the country, they blundered across deserts and mountains, bickering and arguing, growing progressively weaker, splintering into factions. The train of some 80 men, women, and children ground to a halt in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and in the winter of –47, half died of exposure and starvation. (An early version of this essay began as a sorrowful rant about the lack of good adventure movies a number of summers ago. It turned into a multi-part blog post, and then into my first novel, To Truckee’s Trail, about the first wagon-train party to get their wagons over the Sierra Nevada – in winter yet. Clyman’s trail guide was year-old Caleb Greenwood. Two years before Greenwood had successfully piloted the first wagon train (Stephen’s Party) over the Sierra. Clyman’s group traveled with wagons and pack animals as it traversed the Sierra via Truckee’s Pass (Donner).

–Led first wagons over South Pass – –First crossing of the Great Basin via Humboldt River – –First to see Yosemite area – –Explored part of the California Trail – –Discovered Walker Pass across Sierra Nevada Mountains – –First concept and outline of the Great Basin – –Led the first wagons.   The first recorded emigrant to use the trail was John Bidwell, who led the Bidwell-Bartleson Party. Two years later in , Joseph Chiles followed the same route. In , Caleb Greenwood and the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party became the . Cherokee Wagon Trail (CTD V2) Where the various crossings of the Verdigris River were, in what time periods, and who crossed where have remained more or less a mystery until recently. Bill Maggard, raised in and around Nowata and knowing the area, and remembering the stories heard as a child, and with assistance from his wife Darlene, using the diaries in our first book, have answered.   To describe Joseph Rutherford Walker as a typical frontiersman would be to label Abraham Lincoln a typical president. Walker was a man of many firsts: The first to guide a government survey party assigned to map the Santa Fe Trail; the first to find a navigable route over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to California; the first to lead an emigrant train over that route; the first white man to set.

over the Sierra Nevada in the vicinity of present day Donner Pass. Although it took them until early to get their wagons to Sutter’s Fort (now Sacramento), they had opened the first viable wagon route to northern California.”ii The first known wagon train to cross northern Utah was the Bidwell-Bartleson party.   Extensive research over the past decade by Don Wiggins, a docent at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, Nevada, has revealed a far more complex development of emigrant wagon trails into and across Truckee Meadows in the 's and 50's than emigrant trail historians have heretofore realized.   Mountain man Jedediah Smith was the first known American explorer to cross the Sierra near Sonora Pass in With the discovery of gold on . [Fig. 16(5)] Elisha Stevens, an old trapper, led a party of 46 men, women, and children out of Council Bluffs, Iowa, in on the first wagon trail through the Sierra Nevada, traveling through the present-day Tahoe National Forest. They traveled the Overland Emigrant Trail, where visitors today can drive and hike to see what the pioneers saw.

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Get this from a library. Trail of the first wagons over the Sierra Nevada. [Charles K Graydon] -- Charles Graydon spent six years tracing the actual trails and history to piece together the route and efforts of the first pioneers to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trail of the first wagons over the Sierra Nevada.

[Charles K Graydon] Book: All Authors / Contributors: Charles K Graydon. Add tags for "Trail of the first wagons over the Sierra Nevada". Be the first. Similar Items. Related Subjects: (5) Trails -- Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.) -- Guidebooks. The pioneer wagons of the party crossed Sierra Nevada Pass, the first to prove that the Truckee Branch of the California Trail could be traveled by wagons.

The date was Novem But their journey was far from done. Three of the men would return to Truckee Lake to watch the remaining wagons.

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Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Trail of the First Wagons Over the Sierra Nevada (A Guide) at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.5/5(2). InCaleb Greenwood and the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party became the first settlers to take wagons over the Sierra Nevada and into California over what became the Truckee Trail.

They abandoned their wagons in the early snow in the winter of / and finished retrieving their wagons from the mountains in the spring of The Stephens–Townsend–Murphy Party consisted of ten families who migrated from Iowa to California prior to the Mexican–American War and the California Gold Stephens Party is significant in California history because they were the first wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada during the expansion of the Americanthey pioneered the first route at or near what was.

The Paperback of the Trail of the First Wagons Over the Sierra Nevada: A Guide by Charles K. Graydon at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $35 or more. B&N Outlet Membership Educators Gift Cards Stores & Events HelpPages: One More River To Cross () Intwo years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevadas.

Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey--until October, when a heavy. Two weeks later, on Feb. 4,because of rumors and threats, the first wagons ferried across the Mississippi River from Nauvoo, Illinois and the Mormon exodus began.

The Mormons, of course, were not the first emigrants to go "into the Western country." The California-Oregon Trail was in use for several years before Donner Pass (el. 7, ft [2, m]) is a mountain pass in the northern Sierra Nevada, above Donner Lake about 9 miles (14 km) west of Truckee, the Sierra Nevada mountains themselves, the pass has a steep approach from the east and a gradual approach from the west.

The pass has been used by the California Trail, First Transcontinental Railroad, Overland Route, Lincoln Highway Location: Nevada County, California, United States. Overview. There are twenty five major emigrant trails located in Northern Nevada and Northern California.

A few early pioneers such as the Bidwell Party, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party and the Donner Party traversed the high desert of Northern Nevada and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California to reach the fertile land and mild climate of California. Overland JournalWinter $ *Index to Volume 3** “Trail of the First Wagons Over the High Sierra” by Charles K.

Graydon; “The Rediscovery of Johnson’s Ranch” by Jack & Richard Steed; “Peter Lassen & His Trail” by Andy Hammond. The opening of the California Trail was nearly five years in the making. It began as an unpromising attempt in with the Bidwell-Bartleson Party struggling along the Humboldt River with their pack animals and ending with a desperate crossing of the Sierra Nevada into.

mentioned above, believe the wagons went up Summit Canyon and then turned to the left and went where the China Wall is now. They believed the wagon road then turned somewhat to the right and went over the top. In this process they would have passed Lake Mary.

This has been the accepted route of the first wagons for decades. The wagons were late in reaching the Sierra Nevada mountain range and disaster awaited the 88 members of the Donner Party. Extreme suffering and starvation followed, with 41 members of the group dying and eventually the incident drew national attention over reports that some members of the ill-fated party resorted to cannibalism in order to.

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Without giving up, they crossed and traversed the cast frontier while in. Oregon Trail heads west, and California Trail branches south.

Emigrants encountered some of the harshest terrain after the divergence of the California Trail, traveling through the 40 mile desert, east of Reno and then, over the Sierra Nevada. Most emigrants began their overland journey at “jumping off towns” along the Missouri River.

Maps produced in the s reveal such a trail. The General Land Office survey shows a trail crossing a ford in the Lower Cascade canyon. The U.S.G.S.

topographical map shows a similar crossing. Charles Graydon, Trails of the First Wagons over the. This book is still the manual for travel in the Sierra. InJohn Muir, who was president of the Sierra Club, died unexpectedly.

Club members searched for a lasting way to honor him. Meyer Leissner, came up with the idea of naming this same proposed north to. Although there was no official starting point for the 2,mile journey, immigrants who sought out the riches of the Golden State first traveled west along the Oregon Trail into Idaho.

From there the California Trail branched off and headed south, towards a number of cutoffs or shortcuts across the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains. The California Trail system, which now includes approximately 5, miles of trails, was developed over a period of years.

Numerous cutoffs and alternate routes were tried along the California Trail to see which was the “best” in terms of terrain, length and sufficient water and grass for livestock. The Donner pass route over the Sierra Nevada Mountains was used by the first wagon train crossing (), the first transcontinental telegraph (), railroad (), highway () and telephone ().

"The rugged beauty of this route makes it one of the most scenic passenger routes in the United States. Graydon, Charles K., Trail of the First Wagons Over the Sierra Nevada, The Patrice Press,is the most accurate tracing of the Trail from Truckee Meadows (Reno) to Mule Spring, using USGS topographic maps and photographs.

Includes some diary accounts to verify the trail location. Intwo years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey--until October, when a heavy snowstorm forced difficult 5/5(1). T he first to take wagons over the Hastings Cutoff from Fort Bridger to the Humboldt River were some emigrants who crossed Utah's Salt Desert in about three weeks in advance of the Donner-Reed party.

They took the new route south of the Great Salt Lake at the urging of Lansford W. Hastings, who claimed it was as much as miles shorter than the established trail to the north by way. First Wagons Over Sierra Donner Party Voyages to Gold Rush Transcontinental RR Truckee, California. LINKs US GenWeb,Nevada Co.

CA Oregon-California Trails Assn Donner Summit Hist. Soc. SEE MY BOOKS MY BOOKS FOR SALE. Visitors to this site. The Truckee River Route of the California Trail over the Sierra crest was established by the Stevens-Townsend Murphy Party in (11 wagons, 26 men, 8 women, 16 children).

In traffic increased to at least 50 wagons and over emigrants.By some accounts the so-called Stevens-Murphy-Townsend party of some fifty persons was the first group to bring wagons all the way from Missouri and through the Sierra Nevada by the California Trail, Donner Lake, and Truckee Pass, from October to December of "Trail of the First Wagons Over the High Sierra" by Charles K.

Graydon "The Rediscovery of Johnson's Ranch" by Jack & Richard Steed "Peter Lassen & His Trail" by Andy Hammond. Letters; book reviews. Overland Journal Volume 4, Number 2 (Spring ) "Part I: The Old Trail to Santa Fe" by Dr.

Marc Simmons "Nevada's Fort Churchill" by JoAnn Levy.