A Trail Sleuthing Experience on the South Branch Canyon Segment of the Truckee Trail

Trail Sleuthing CoverFinding the Trail Where the Emigrants Themselves Said it Was

Sometimes it isn't easy to find exactly where the emigrants took wagons over 150 years ago. And sometimes there are differences of opinion on where the wagons went.

Sometimes — often, in fact — determining the exact location of the trail becomes a sleuthing that would challenge Sherlock Holmes. Fortunately, we have the words of the emigrants themselves to help us locate the trail.

A Trail Sleuthing Experience documents the superb research by Don Wiggins, of Reno, Nevada, who used the words of the emigrants to guide us all to the trail as it rises on a ridge above the South Branch of Dog Valley Creek between Verdi, Nevada and Dog Valley, in California.

Not everyone believes the trail followed the ridge. Here is your opportunity to evaluate the evidence the emigrants who actually traveled the trail left us. You can weigh the evidence and decide for yourself.

A Trail Sleuthing Experience on the South Branch Canyon Segment of the Truckee Trail: Finding the Trail Where the Emigrants Themselves Said it Was. Charles H. Dodd and Don Wiggins. 19th Century Publications, 2002. 8½ by 11 inches. 24 pages. Map. 22 photographs, including color photographs on front and back cover. Guide for “hiking it on your own.” $6.95.

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