Clampers at Kennedy Meadows: Emigrants of 1852-53 and Jewels of the High Country

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 April 2013

I found these two Historical Monuments at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station by the Clampers quite interesting.

The first tells the story of the Clark Skidmore party of 1852, which was the first to successfully cross the High Sierra with a wagon.

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The theme of this monument was the sixty days of work required to blaze a road between the Walker River and Sonora, which exhausted the emigrants, according to this monument. 

Local communities of Colombia and Sonora on the West flank of the Sierra twice sent resupply to the wagon train, hoping to open a road over the Sierra to connect with the U.S. A successful road over the Sierra would enrich the settlers.

Clampers Historical Monument at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station, Clark Skidmore Party of 1852.

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The Second Monument describes the efforts of an early rancher, Fred Leighton, who established the first check dams in the Sierra. Today these check dams provide a fine string of lakes along the extent of the High Sierra from North of Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney.

Clampers Historical Monument, Kennedy Meadows Pack Station, Jewels of the High Sierra, Check Dams.

Trail Guide Location: Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Resupply Page.

Trail Guide: Kennedy Meadows Southbound on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Map: Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir

Map: Whole Highway 108 region map

More Information: Check Dams.

Big Map: North and South of Kennedy Meadows and Sonora Pass. This map magnifies to reveal great detail.

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