Coming from Markleeville on Highway 89 to 395 just below Topaz Lake, we’re in Mono County and heading south on the road that has been meandering 1400 miles from Mexico to Canada up the eastern part of the westernmost states.
Hwy 395 even has a movie in its namesake, an action/crime thriller called ‘Highway 395 –
By the time they made this crossing, Fremont’s second topographical expedition had been running about the west since leaving Missouri in June of 1843, mapping the Oregon Trail, going to Fort Vancouver, then south through western Nevada. He had twenty seven men, including Kit Carson, and sixty seven horses and mules.
After being told by the Washoe Indians that crossing the Sierras in winter was impossible,
Bob Graham’s book; ‘The Crossing’ covers things very well.
By matching this drawing of ‘Long Camp’ by expedition cartographer Charles Preuss, they’ve recently been able to pinpoint the location of the site near
In 1846, at a time when the Alta California government quite frankly didn’t want him or his survey gear around,
“The ultimate curse of being a national hero
is that once the fires of acclaim go out, only the ashes of criticism remain.
This was the fate of John Charles Frémont,
for he climbed the peaks of glory to endure the deserts of despair”.
Ferol Egan, Frémont: Explorer for a Restless Nation
Ironically, there is no state landmark for the trail of the
NO. 995-1 TRAIL OF THE JOHN C. FRÉMONT 1844 EXPEDITION - In 1844, while exploring and mapping the area of what is presently the western United States, Lt. John C. Frémont's party passed through northern Mono County during the last week of January. After passing through
Location: Big Bend-Mountain Gate area,
Google: 38.348333, -119.361944 (Fremont –