HISTORIAN FRANK TORTORICH speaks to a group gathered at Caples Lake July 9 for completion of the Carson Route Interpretive Sign project. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins
HISTORIAN Frank Tortorich speaks at the dedication and celebration of the Carsnn River Route Interpretive Sign Project at Caples Lake Tuesday July 9. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DOZENS GATHER near the boat launching facility at Caples Lake Tuesday July 9 to dedicate and celebrate the completion of the Carson River Route Interpretive Sign Project. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
JOHN WINNER, chapter president of the Oregon-California Trails Association, admires the new sign explaining the Carson Trail at Caples Lake. It is part of a series of signs that will go up along Highway 88. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins
KAYAKERS float over what was once the Carson Trail and a much smaller lake before the dam was built in 1920. Twin Lakes was renamed Caples Lake in 1968.
THE CARSON TRAIL Sign joins this one put up three years ago to commemorate the Caples Cabin. Before the dam was built in 1920 there was a smaller lake called Summit Lake. Mary Jane Walker Caples came over Carson Pass and West Pass in 1849 and liked it so much she came back and built a summer cabin. She made a fortune in Placerville selling 100 pies a day for $1 a piece. She and her husband James and daughter Isabella then raised cattle in the Sacramento Valley. They spent 30 summers living in the cabin.