Webster’s Sugar Loaf House- Overland Pony Express Route in California (No. 706 California Historical Landmark)

This is the site of Webster’s Sugar Loaf House, and served as a stopping point for the Comstock Lode teams and a remount station for the Pony Express Route in California from 1860-1861.

The Comstock Lode teams brought silver from the famous Comstock Lode in Nevada. The stopping points for these teams later served as resting and remount stations for Pony Express riders until 1861, when the national telegraph was finished and the Pony Express was no longer needed. The Pony Express Overland Trail went through El Dorado County from the state line and on to Sacramento. The remount stations are commemorated in El Dorado County with memorial plaques.

The Webster’s Sugar Loaf House marker is located on Highway 50, 1.0 miles west of Kyburz.

El Dorado County

Stretching from oak-studded foothills and the shores of Folsom Lake to the western shore of Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County is probably best known for the 1848 gold discovery at Coloma. “Old Hangtown” sprang up during the Gold Rush and was later renamed Placerville. The county name comes from the mythical land rich in gold sought by Spanish explorers. The first inhabitants of El Dorado County were the Maidu and Miwok Indians, followed by miners attracted to the area by the Gold Rush.

El Dorado County was one of the original counties in California. The Pony Express Trail ran through the county approximately where Highway 50 is today, from April 3, 1860 to October 26, 1861. The first county seat was Coloma, and it was superseded by Placerville for this position in 1857. El Dorado means “the gilded one” in Spanish; a fitting name considering the mines in El Dorado County produced millions of dollars of gold.

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Latitude: 38.770084 Longitude: -120.312574 Elevation: 4005 ft

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California Historical Landmarks Program

Historical Landmarks are sites, buildings, features, or events that are of statewide significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other value. Historical Landmarks are eligible for registration if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

1) Is the first, last, only, or most significant of its type in the state or within a large geographic region

2) Is associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of California

3) Is a prototype of, or an outstanding example of, a period, style, architectural movement or construction or is one of the more notable works or the best surviving work in a region of a pioneer architect, designer or master builder

California’s Landmark Program began in the late 1800s with the formation of the Landmarks Club and the California Historical Landmarks League. In 1931, the program became official when legislation charged the Department of Natural Resources—and later the California State Chamber of Commerce—with registering and marking buildings of historical interest or landmarks.

In 1948, Governor Earl Warren created the California Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee to increase the integrity and credibility of the program. Finally, this committee was changed to the California Historical Resources Commission in 1974. Information about registered landmarks numbered 770 onward is kept in the California Register of Historical Resources authoritative guide. Landmarks numbered 669 and below were registered prior to establishing specific standards, and may be added to the California Register when criteria for evaluating the properties are adopted.

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Why is it these sites never say how the place got it's name; i.e. Webster?

Shirley Paine, 7/18/2015

Why doesn’t the website say how the House got its name? Webster who?

Shirley Paine, 8/23/2015

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