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Snowshoe Thompson LbNA #76659

Owner:Silver Eagle Supporter Verified
Plant date:Sep 17, 2023
Location: Genoa Cemetery
Found by: Not yet found!
Last found:N/A
Last edited:Sep 20, 2023
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 20 yards RT)

John "Snowshoe" Thompson became the legendary "Mailman of the Sierra" for delivering mail from 1856 to 1876 between Placerville, CA and Genoa, NV. His "snowshoes" were ten-foot skis and a single sturdy pole generally held in both hands at once. He traveled the route known as "Johnson's Cutoff", which is today the route of Hwy 50 as it winds its way from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe. Despite his twenty years of service, he never received any pay for delivering the mail. Snowshoe Thompson died of appendicitis on May 15, 1876 and was buried in Genoa Cemetery, where this box can be found.

Go north on Jacks Valley Rd to Genoa Cemetery on the left. Enter under metal arch and go to back of cemetery, then continue as road bends right and park under an apple tree on the left by his grave.

Facing his grave, walk right 27 steps to large cement slab, then right 8 steps to a small multi-trunk tree. LB is within trunks under a rock and leaves.