Historical Marker #493
#493 Johnson's Ranch - Tomita Park, Front St, between
4th & Main Sts, Wheatland.
The first settlement reached in California by emigrant trains
using the emigrant (Donner) trail, it was an original part of the 1844 Don Pablo
Gutierrez land grant. It was sold at auction to William Johnson in 1845. In
1849, part of the ranch was set aside as a government reserve -- Camp Far West.
In 1866 the town of Wheatland was also laid out on a portion of the grant.
Historical Marker #799-3
Overland Emigrant Trail -
Spencerville Rd, 3.9 mi E of Hwy 65
Approximately 1 1/4 miles east of this site is the historic
Johnson's Crossing. This was the first settlement reached west of the Sierra and
the last stop on the Overland Emigrant Trail. Used as a camping spot for the
pioneers, departure spot for the miners, and a sojourning place for trappers,
herdsmen, and adventurers. The rescue party for the Donner Party was organized
and departed from this crossing February 5, 1847.
Historical Marker #1003
#1003 Durst Hop Ranch - Intersection of S A St and 6th
Site of Wheatland Hop Riot (August 3, 1913)
Second major labor dispute in the U.S.A. Initiated by the
I.W.W. labor movement. Read more about this historical event from