Following the Route of the California Gold Rush ‘49s (In Reverse Direction): This album shows Panoramas of my return trip. Introduction:
My ZMM Research, following the "ZMM Route", of coursed ended in San Francisco. On my way home to Aiken, South Carolina, I first visited Stutters Fort, Sacramento. It is still there, but now a Historical Monument. This was a good start point for following the California Trail (backwards) into Nevada and Idaho. In Idaho, now joined with the Oregon Trail, I followed both trails (backwards) from Southern Idaho to St. Louis, MO. Along the route were fantastic wide open natural landscapes, many informative local history signs, commemorative monuments (re California/Oregon Trail), and a wonderful fossil museum at the Fossil Butte National Monument.
After I left San Francisco, I traveled East on I-580 and crossed Altamont Pass by Livermore and through Stockton. In Sacramento, I was quite excited to visit the old Stutters Fort (mentioned above). Going N. East, I soon switched into the old paved road, parallel and just south of I-80. This is the old route of the California Trail over to Donner Pass. I followed the Historic California Trail (backwards) into Nevada. In fact, following the entire Historic Trail of California Gold Rush ‘49ers was a very
rewarding experience! Very thrilling both for the history experienced (first hand) and the incredible natural beauty and open spaces. Altogether, my trip back was just as thrilling as the ZMM route itself, which is saying something!!
Moreover, as mentioned elsewhere in this Photo Gallery, I have one of Robert Pirsig’s old National Geographic full size wall maps on which a pre-1968 versions of the ZMM Route had been "inked-in". Significant to this discussion, the “Route of the ‘49ers’ is likewise marked on this map!
Thus, for Pirsig Pilgrims, there are multiple reasons why I highly recommend ‘49ers route. Here now are my panorama photographs taken on my return trip. Henry Gurr, June 07.
Special Note: These Panoramas were arranged and edited by Stacey Mosier. Ms. Mosier, a Graphic Arts Major at the University of South Carolina at Aiken, recently transferred to the University of South Carolina at Columbia, the "Main Campus". Help & Details Re Photos and Panoramas.