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Dorrington, Big Trees Village Historical Information
Dorrington, Big Trees Village Historical Information
Still a Destination.....Dorrington California was originally settled as a sheep ranch until the Gardener family arrived and purchased the area naming it Cold Springs Ranch. The area is known for it's many cold water springs. John Gardener built the Dorrington Hotel in 1852 for his wife's large family to use. The Hotel is said to be built of Sugar Pine. It was the second hotel built for the family - as the original Dorrington Hotel was built across the Highway at the back of the meadow years prior to the standing structure now seen. The original building burnt down the first year it was erected. Gardener re-built only to have the snow crush his work to the ground.  With the discovery of the Sequoia Red Trees in Big Trees State Park the Hotel property became a popular place to stay and play. The reason the area is called Dorrington is that the first post office for the area was named after John Gardeners wife, Rebecca Dorrington (her maiden name). The family is very responsible for the mapping and construction of Ebbett's Pass Highway 4 from Murphys to Markleeville. Gardener, in partnership with Harvey Blood of Bear Valley owned the license and toll rights at Dorrington toll gate to re-coup his costs for his investment in the route.

American Forest Products eventually purchased the area, a license to timber it and then subdivided Big Trees Village as we know it today. American Forest Products eventually sold to Sierra Pacific Industries - a current owner of surrounding forest lands still holding a license to timber the area.

The Dorrington - Big Trees area is rich with history, resources and character. A destination for over 160 years.

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