Tuesday, September 18th at 7 pm in the Lodge at Camp Richardson
The Gold Rush created a demand for crossings of the seemingly impassable Sierra Nevada range so Americans could reach the goldfields. John Calhoun Johnson surveyed and opened the route to traffic in the spring of 1852. Finding and mapping the whole route of Johnson's Cut -Off became a passion of "Cockeye " great -great granddaughter Ellen Osborn who has worked with her husband Fordon this project for 30 years. Beginning in 2008, speaker John Winner,encouraged by Ellen and under the auspices of USFS and the irarchaeologists, has led enthusiastic members of Oregon California Trails Association (OCTA) through forestland and thicket - clearing, marking and mapping the 1852-era Johnson's Cut-Off trail for posterity. John Winner, representing the Johnson's Cut off Mapping Team, will show a DVD, produced by OCTA member DeeOwens, describing the work that has been done. The full length of the trail will be divulged.
No charge, refreshments served. All are welcome!