Freemans Crossing is a bridge across the Yuba River middle fork south of Camptonville. In 1850, a ferry at the site was called Nye's Crossing for Michael C. Nye. The following year, Thomas Hesse built a bridge there and the bridge became known as Hesse's Crossing. Thomas Freeman bought the bridge in 1854, and since then it has been known as Freemans Crossing.1


1. California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by David L. Durham. Word Dancer Press, 1998