Emigrant Trail Marker

The Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection (MWSPFPD) is to receive a distinctive steel-rail “T” marker with plaque on October 1, 2016 to mark one of the many emigrant trails leading to California.

MWSPFPD Chief Larry Crabtree signed the Emigrant Trail Marker Release which was subsequently approved by the Board of Directors on September 13, 2016.

The release allows Trails West, Inc – a non-profit volunteer organization – to install a ‘T’ marker constructed of steel railroad rail and standing about 4 feet high near the junction of the old Sugar Pine Road and Sugar Pine Cutoff Road at the SE corner of the fire department property.

The marker will have a plaque engraved with the words of emigrant William Browder, an excerpt from his diary of the overland journey from Warsaw, Missouri to Sonora, California via the Sonora Pass.  “Sonora Trail – to Sonora,” [after laying over 8 days, Browder continued] “to Sonora down hil all the way not much water til you get near the town, some litel dry gras very good road,” William Bowder Oct 7, 1853.

The marker will be set in the ground in concrete. There is no ceremony planned though Trails West, Inc. hopes to have the marker installed by the afternoon.

For more information, please contact MWSPFPD Chief Crabtree at 209-586-5256.

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