Centennial Bluffs

Just south of Coleville, the impressive rock cliffs of Centennial Bluffs towers along the west side of Highway 395.

Here is the site of a historical event that occurred on July 4th 1876. A traditional Independence Day celebration was carried out with a picnic of homemade treats, challenging games and crackling fireworks.

The highlight of this event that would make history was when three men, Wood Larsen, John Connell and one of the Cole brothers carried a locust pole to the summit, anchored it firmly in a crevice and raised the American Flag. The cheers of the crowd from below drifted up to what was thereafter known as Centennial Bluffs.

This majestic rock monument is located just north of the Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort and is a testament to this historic event.

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Latitude: 38.5476793 Longitude: -119.5007871 Elevation: 5204 ft
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Time Period Represented

July 4th 1876

Seasons Open

Year round

ADA Accessibility Notes

Vehicle drive up is accessible depending on the weather. No ADA access as the area in front of monument is dirt.

Pet Friendly Notes


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