Sierra Nevada history

Trout Creek bridge date

While visiting the Lincoln Highway in South Lake Tahoe we stopped to see the Trout Creek bridge. Located just off Pioneer and Golden Bear Trail sit’s a lonely bridge that serves no purpose other than to arouse our curiosity.

Trout Creek bridge looking west.

Trout Creek bridge looking west.

You must stop and park on Golden Bear Trail to see the bridge. There is also a Trails West “T” at the corner marker telling us this route was also the old Johnson’s Cut-Off Trail from the 1850’s. The bridge use to cross Trout Creek, but the creek has been diveretd and now passes under the curent bridge on Pioneer Trail.

Trout Creek use to pass under here.

Trout Creek use to pass under here.

While checking out the mortor between the stones we found some writing which told us the mortor was applied in 1907! There are also some other letters, “I C L A M”? Perhaps those are the masons initials? We don’t know.

Army Convoy, 1919

In 1919 the U.S. Army decided to send a convoy of trucks, motorcycles, tractors, and men on a transcontinental trip from Washington DC to San Francisco. The road they would follow was the recently completed Lincoln Highway. Some of the convoy's journey was filmed, and we look at the section from western Nevada to San Francisco, California. The text comes from a diary and film record made during the trip.