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Pollock Pines Real Estate
Pollock Pines Highway 50 Cabins and Real Estate, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Pollock Pines was established as a community with the opening of a post office in 1935. The village was named for the Pollock Family who settled in a grove of pines. The Pollocks are considered the first white settlers in the region.
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Pollock Pines is best known as a stop on the Pony Express route of the mid-19th century. In particular, Sportsman’s Hall was a station. Historians identify Sportsman's Hall as a "rider relay" or home station, fifty-six miles from Sacramento and twelve miles east of Placerville. A California Registered Historical Landmark plaque at the site reads:
This was the site of Sportsman's Hall, also known as the Twelve-Mile House. The hotel operated in the late 1850's and 1860's by John and James Blair. A stopping place for stages and teams of the Comstock, it became a relay station of the central overland Pony Express. Here, at 7:40 a.m., April 4, 1860, Pony rider William (Sam) Hamilton, riding in from Placerville, handed the Express mail to Warren Upson who, two minutes later, sped on his way eastward.
Today, Sportsman’s Hall is best known for the restaurant located in the original building.
Five miles south of Pollock Pines is Jenkinson Lake, which is part of the Sly Park Recreation Area. This easily accessible lake provides one of the best views of the Sierra Nevada in the foothills. From the dam at the southern end of the lake, the view is breathtaking. With the lake in front and the Sierra Nevada range looming in the distance; this venue can be an excellent introduction to the region for the first time visitor.
Skirting by Jenkinson Lake and continuing twenty-five miles to the south is the Mormon Emigrant Trail. This historic road was utilized by 19th century emigrants to the gold fields and specifically to Placerville. Mormon Emigrant Trail connects with Highway 88, which leads to Carson Pass. This road is sometimes used as an alternative to Highway 50. This road is a beautiful bypass, but can often be a solitary journey.