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"To this Gate I gave the name of Chrysopylae, or Golden Gate; for the same reasons that the harbor of Byzantium was called Chrysoceras, or Golden Horn." Frémont, 1848

Thirty-one year old Second Lieutenant John Charles Frémont's second Topographical Expedition left Missouri in June of 1843, and, mapping the Oregon Trail, had traveled to Fort Vancouver. Intending to return to Missouri through the Southwest, he then turned south through Oregon and Western Nevada. By January 1844, the expedition was comprised of twenty-seven men, including Christopher "Kit" Carson and Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick, sixty-seven horses and mules, and a bronze mountain howitzer.

Being low on provisions, Frémont made the decision to cross the Sierra Nevada to Sutter's Fort in California. It was midwinter; the mountains were covered in deep snow. And he had no expectation of the elevations to be encountered: We are now 1,000 feet above the level of the South Pass in the Rocky Mountains; and still we are not done ascending. The Washoe Indians he met told him that it would be impossible to cross: Rock upon rock; snow, upon snow.

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Start here to see Frémont's newly discovered historic 1844 Long Camp in the snow-covered Sierra.
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Expedition artist Ned Kern's vantage for his drawing of the Sutter Buttes.

go Who mapped the Humboldt River on the 1848 Frémont-Preuss map?

go The 1845 descent route from Donner Pass that anticipated the route of the CPRR.

go The naked-eye measurement of Jupiter. Never done before?

go A prehistoric salt manufactory I discovered. (Frémont connection!)


During seven scientific expeditions, covering over 30,000 miles of western exploration and mapping surveys, Frémont was nicknamed The Pathfinder by the popular press, after the character Natty Bumppo in James Fenimore Cooper's adventure series Leather Stocking Tales. But as Frémont's biographer Tom Chaffin has written, by compelling the U.S. citizens to reimagine the geographic breadth and diversity of their nation, John Frémont more than earned the title.
Still in print today, Frémont's Reports, always in the public domain, have gone through more than 50 government and commercial editions.
On the pages that follow, he will point the direction to related links.

go This site is a companion to The Crossing by Bob Graham
go Looking for information for school reports?
go The contents of this website--What makes it unique?
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go Bibliography for this site. Some books now available online!

The ultimate curse of being a national hero
is that once the fires of acclaim go out, only the ashes of criticism remain.
This was the fate of John Charles Frémont,
for he climbed the peaks of glory to endure the deserts of despair.
Ferol Egan, Frémont: Explorer for a Restless Nation

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The nervous, rocky West is intruding a new and continental element into the National Mind, and we shall yet have an American.
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