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Following The Beckwouth Trail

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The Beckwourth Trail originated from The California Trail, a system of wagon roads and pack trails used by the emigrants of 1841 and later as they forged their way to California. The Beckwourth Trail was part of that system. Discovered around 1850 by African-American James Pierson Beckwourth, a mountain man, explorer, trader, guide, scout, interpreter and war chief of the Crow Indians and former slave, the trail branched off the main California road at Truckee Meadows (now Sparks and Reno) and ended at Bidwell's Bar, a mining camp now under the waters of Lake Oroville. Today, you can follow portions of Beckwourth's wagon road by car and on foot, thanks to the mapping of the route by Andrew & Joanne Hammond of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) and the marking of the trail by Trails West, Inc. with markers set up every two miles. Spiral-bound, soft cover, 65 pages, a few B&W photographs.

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