On our way back to South Lake Tahoe following our mini-vacation, we stopped off for one night in Placerville, CA. More or less midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, Placerville is on Highway 50 in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. They describe their location as “above the fog and below the snow line” which gives them something of a four seasons climate.
Wheatland sort of amounted to a time filler for us. We had booked a spot in Cheyenne for the Labor Day period some time ago and needed to fill a couple of days before going to Cheyenne. In Wheatland we parked at Mountain View RV Park.
We took advantage of our proximity to the Fort Laramie National Historic Site to make a day trip out there. Located at the confluence of the Laramie River and the North Platte River, Fort Laramie was founded in the 1830’s to service the overland fur trade during the middle 19th century. It was a primary resupply point for those traveling along the Oregon Trail. In 1849, the Army purchased the site in order to provide protection for the many emigrants travelling though this region. Later on, Fort Laramie became central to issues which arose between the local Native American tribes and the growing emigrants and settlers. A number of treaties were negotiated and signed here. After the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the importance of Fort Laramie gradually decreased until it was decommissioned in 1890.
Next stop: Cheyenne, WY