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Cape Horn is a peak northwest of Camptonville. Its elevation is 2,745 feet.1

A second place in Yuba County has also at one time been known as Cape Horn. This Cape Horn is located on the south side of the Yuba River northwest of Smartsville, just upstream from Timbuctoo. The History of Yuba County, California (Chapter XXVII: Rose Bar Township) by Thompson & West, 1879, described this Cape Horn as follows:

Just above Cordua Bar, the river makes a sweep around the base of a high hill. This point was worked in the summer of 1849, by a Connecticut company that had come around the Horn, and they christened it Cape Horn. This company was sadly afflicted with the scurvy, and in August and September, all but a few died. The survivors tenderly buried their dead comrades on the side of the hill just back of the camp, and erected to their memory wooden tomb-stones, with inscriptions on each giving the name and residence of the departed one. The bones of many of these unfortunate men, for they were all young, have been removed in later years by relatives, and carried to their former homes in Connecticut to be interred in the family burial grounds. Some of these graves and old head-boards can yet be seen, and the spot is known as the "Cemetery of 1849."


Cape Horn


1. Topographic Map Summit Features in Yuba County