Marysville to Virginia City in 32 Hours

Marysville to Virginia City in 32 Hours (HM18UU)

Location: Camptonville, CA 95922 Yuba County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 23.811', W 121° 4.955'

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49 Miles Along Highway 49

In 1859 the rich Comstock Silver Lode was discovered in Washoe Territory, Nevada, causing many miners to quickly pack up and head east. Immediately a company was formed to construct a road connecting this area of California to the Comstock finds. The Henness Pass Road was completed in 1861. A journalist described the road as "...a mixture of excellence and abominations."

Thomas Freeman financed the Oregon Creek Covered Bridge in 1871 to replace a former one. The bridge was designed and hand-built by Hugh Thomas. It is over 100 feet long with a slight curve at either end. The marks of his adze are still visible on the bridge timbers.

In 1883, the English Dam located upstream on the Middle Yuba River gave way. Debris from the dam created a temporary dam downstream causing the level of Oregon Creek to rise. The resulting flood lifted the bridge and carried it 150 feet downstream. The bridge turned around in the flood and was replaced on its abutments backwards. It stand today as a model of craftsmanship and ingenuity.

Tahoe National Forest.
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HM NumberHM18UU
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Placed ByTahoe National Forest
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 665107 N 4362570
Decimal Degrees39.39685000, -121.08258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 23.811', W 121° 4.955'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 23' 48.66" N, 121° 4' 57.30" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14382 Alleghany Ridge Rd, Camptonville CA 95922, US
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