Early crossings of the Blue Ridge

Crossing the Blue Ridge

In the late 1800s, the Blue Ridge was a major obstacle to travel between the Sacramento Valley and the Berryessa Valley, and thence to Napa Valley and Clear Lake. How did people cross the Blue Ridge in the 1800s? It’s a story of early explorers, a little taste of Bear Flag Revolt espionage, toll-road swindlers, a forgotten high pass, and dreams of narrow-gauge railroads.

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