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  • Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
  • Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
  • Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
  • Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
  • Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
  • Origins of Wagon Train

    As early as the 1840's, a trickle of humanity began the arduous journey toward the great Pacific and the freedom they foresaw in settling there. In 1849, the cry of "Gold" from the foothills of the California territory rocked the world! Leaving property and families behind, men traveled West.
  • The Great Western Migration

    In the early 1850's, one of the major land routes to California, traversing what we now know as Echo Summit and the Highway 50 corridor, became known as the "Roaring Road". Travel was so heavy, oftentimes wagon trains were forced to wait for days to have their turn on the road.
  • Commemorating the Gold Rush

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the "Gold Rush", a Wagon Train was formed to travel west from Lake Tahoe to Placerville (Old Hangtown) along Highway 50. This "one time" event was so popular that it resumed in 1951, and has made its annual trek each year since that time.
  • What to Expect

    Waking up before dawn, savoring the rich aromas of coffee boiling, bacon frying, mingled with the clanking of harness, the soft knickers of horses being readied for the day, and the murmurs of the wranglers going about their duties draws one back into a lifetime of excitement and anticipation.
  • Share the Experience

    Riding for only a day, or for the whole trip, the wonders of this great land are truly appreciated as one travels down the road at an average speed of three miles per hour! Evening campfires, storytelling and low key entertainment round out the experience. Families are welcome!
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Welcome to the Highway 50 Association

The Highway 50 Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to horse and wagon enthusiasts, and the historical reenactment of the "Great Western Migration".

We are a member and sponsor supported organization providing many family oriented fun filled events and activities. The Highway 50 Association invites you to participate in our 65th Anniversary run - in June of 2014. Take a step back through the portals of time and relive the adventures and rigors of the early pioneers as they forged their way west.

Wagon Train - 66th Annual

T.B.A. in 2015
Zephyr Cove, Nevada to Placerville, California


Ride with us in Celebration of California and Nevada's ONLY BI-STATE HISTORIC EVENT!!

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Highway 50 Association

 

early Hwy 50 wagon train photos

Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos
Highway 50 Association Wagon Train Photos

Your generous donations help sustain the Highway 50 Association Wagon Train, and protect the future of this great representation of the settlement of the West by our pioneer forefathers. Thank You!




Highway 50 Association

P.O. Box 454, Placerville, California 95667
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