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Old 07-06-2005, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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memorial plaques at Spider lake

I was reading another thread here and remember those plaques up around spider lake.
I belive there was 3-4 of them (been a while since I climbed up there to read them)
But does anyone know the names/stires behind them?
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No one knows? not even any pics?
I used to have some but can't find them anymore.
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No one knows? not even any pics?
I used to have some but can't find them anymore.
I'll be passing by there on Monday. I'll hike up there and take some pics for ya.

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I noticed there was one next to old sluice and what looked like a grave site at the bottom of Caddy hill. What was that all about?
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I noticed there was one next to old sluice and what looked like a grave site at the bottom of Caddy hill. What was that all about?

I saw that too.. with the Rubicon Dog on one head stone...



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Here is one of them, at Spider in 03.
Edit: Im a computer tard and don't know how to resize, but it says
Tara Lee Ballard 1949-1990, she was remembered by Sierra Treasure Hunters, Rough and Ready Jeep Club, High Rock Trekkers, Cal Asso. 4wd Clubs. "May her presence be felt and remembered by all that pass this way, A place she loved so dearly."

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Maybe we should document some these, there is also that small on on the slabs from 2 years ago.
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When i was young (late 80's early 90"s) about 8-12 years of age me ang my father were going through with the sierra ridge riders which was the club we wheeled with and the was a funeral precession of cj's and wrangler with a jeep in the front carrying a body to be burried on the trail. I beleive we seen them around buck island.
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When i was young (late 80's early 90"s) about 8-12 years of age me ang my father were going through with the sierra ridge riders which was the club we wheeled with and the was a funeral precession of cj's and wrangler with a jeep in the front carrying a body to be burried on the trail. I beleive we seen them around buck island.
I seriously doubt that there are any bodies buried along the trail but the ashes of quite a few people have been scattered up there . . . I can think of at least a dozen GDL's. A number of memorial plaques have been placed over the years. Some are there for all to see but a large number will only be seen by those who placed them.
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I seriously doubt that there are any bodies buried along the trail but the ashes of quite a few people have been scattered up there . . . I can think of at least a dozen GDL's. A number of memorial plaques have been placed over the years. Some are there for all to see but a large number will only be seen by those who placed them.
Yeah, I have seen a few hidden in the brush at clean up runs.
I just want to know these people, and make sure their love of the trail keeps alive.
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The grave at the bottom of Cadillac hill are old clampers. The dog was burried their in the late 90s cant recall the owners name.(old guy) Their are memorial plaques all over the place. one on top of a rock (you can see a cross up there) on the new section coming in from Loon. Several on the way in on wentworth side. Some over spider. one at the top of the slabs by middle sluse. one on the wall at middle sluce.As farr as big sluce I havn't seen it.
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Scooterloo,

I could prolly find out more about the one photo'd at Spider in '03 if anyone is interested?
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Old 07-11-2005, 10:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Their are memorial plaques all over the place. one on top of a rock (you can see a cross up there) on the new section coming in from Loon.
the cross just past the bowl in 2003





Behind the jeep on the rock to the right. This is looking back at the bowl and loon.


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Here's a face to go with one of the memorials . . . Earl Gurnsey in 1968 . . . A month or so before he was taken prisoner in Cambodia. We have others but they're all in Georgetown
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The grave at the bottom of Cadillac hill are old clampers. The dog was burried their in the late 90s cant recall the owners name.(old guy)

i think that the dog was named maddy the rubicon dog. i belive that it was Rick Russel's dog from all those wheelin videos ... rubicon, hammers ex...
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Here's a face to go with one of the memorials . . . Earl Gurnsey in 1968 . . . A month or so before he was taken prisoner in Cambodia. We have others but they're all in Georgetown
Nice to have a history to go with the memorial. Did he survive being a POW?



I've always asked about that cross on the top of the rocks past the bowl.
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Sid Mainwaring was in charge of Jeeper's Jamboree before Mark Smith in the early days. His son, Dan Mainwaring took over after Mark left to do Jeep Jamboree USA and Dan ran the show until two or three years ago, when Richie Mainwaring took over as chairman. Most of the Jamboree folks know the spot as "Sid's Grave". When Richie and Dan (and many others, actually) go by there, they stop and have a beer and a quiet minute with dad/grandpa/friend. I never knew Sid, but know the rest of the family pretty well...good people.
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Sid Mainwaring was in charge of Jeeper's Jamboree before Mark Smith in the early days. His son, Dan Mainwaring took over after Mark left to do Jeep Jamboree USA and Dan ran the show until two or three years ago, when Richie Mainwaring took over as chairman. Most of the Jamboree folks know the spot as "Sid's Grave". When Richie and Dan (and many others, actually) go by there, they stop and have a beer and a quiet minute with dad/grandpa/friend. I never knew Sid, but know the rest of the family pretty well...good people.
Not quite . . . Sid wasn't "in charge" but he was a founding member of the Jamboree Committee from the start in 1953 until sometime after Jamboree XXII in 1974. Sid was one of the forces that held the committee together during a few periods of ruffled feathers. BTW, "Sid's Grave" has been in the same spot since 1965. All of us oldtime GDL's spend a quiet minute with Sid when we pass through the Springs.

Sid made his last Rubicon trip on July 20th, 1975 . . . His ashes were scattered at the Springs. Danny took his Dad's place on the Jamboree Committee.
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Nice to have a history to go with the memorial. Did he survive being a POW?



I've always asked about that cross on the top of the rocks past the bowl.
Earl survived his capture and died in 1982 at the age of 35. I'm not sure about the cross but I'll see what I can find out.
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Reviving an old thread here. I knew Tara Ballard, I was 14 when she died. My parents belonged to the Sierra Treasure Hunters when she died and that plaque was placed at Spider. I was also in the group that put the plaque up on the wall in middle/old sluice/flatfender ally. Big stainless steel job with the letters milled into it. I can't remember his last name, but his first name was Chuck (maybe Charles on the plaque). We put that plaque up before the one for Tara was made, so I think I must have been 13, maybe 14 then. I know that granite was hard as hell when we cored into it to epoxy the plaques' "spikes" into it. It has been so many years since I have been on the trail. Is that stainless plaque still there in flatfender ally? That would be amazing, seeing as how that was around 20 years ago.
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Reviving an old thread here. I knew Tara Ballard, I was 14 when she died. My parents belonged to the Sierra Treasure Hunters when she died and that plaque was placed at Spider. I was also in the group that put the plaque up on the wall in middle/old sluice/flatfender ally. Big stainless steel job with the letters milled into it. I can't remember his last name, but his first name was Chuck (maybe Charles on the plaque). We put that plaque up before the one for Tara was made, so I think I must have been 13, maybe 14 then. I know that granite was hard as hell when we cored into it to epoxy the plaques' "spikes" into it. It has been so many years since I have been on the trail. Is that stainless plaque still there in flatfender ally? That would be amazing, seeing as how that was around 20 years ago.
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