Snowshoe Thompson Road

This dead end dirt road is named for an amazing pioneer hero. John Albert “Snowshoe” Thompson (1827-1876) was a Norwegian immigrant who spent twenty years carrying the U.S. Mail – by foot – over the snowy Sierra Mountains, occasionally saving a stranded or injured traveler along the way. You needn’t trek all the way out to the boonies to pay your respects: there’s a memorial boulder to Thompson in Lower Carthay Circle Park.