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James P. Beckwourth

James Beckwourth ArtJames P. Beckwourth, a rugged individualist, and a trail blazer, found a lower pass over the mountains that proved to be safer for emigrants than the Donner Trail.

At a time when Marysville was just beginning to grow and people were needed to support the influx of gold seeking entrepreneurs, Beckwourth made a deal with the city fathers to bring in a wagon train of emigrants. Marysville promised to cover his expenses and make it worth his while.

As luck would have it, nearly the entire town burned down just before the group arrived and the City of Marysville had no reserves to satisfy the promised payment.

There is no record of Beckwourth ever having been paid for this accomplishment. At least not until 1995, when the councilmen of Marysville renamed the place near the end of the trail, at the conjunction of the Feather and Yuba Rivers in Marysville, Beckwourth Riverfront Park.


Other Beckwourth Sites

Beckwourth Frontier Days
   The Offical Web Site.

Overland Trail

The James P. Beckwourth Mountain Club

In association with Amazon Books we would like to suggest these books to learn more about James Beckwourth

Jim Beckwourth : Adventures of a Mountain Man Louis Sabin / Paperback / Published 1992

Jim Beckwourth : Black Mountain Man and War Chief of the Crows
Elinor Wilson / Paperback / Published 1981
Other Books on California History

Beckwourth Frontier Days Website Directory