Legendary pioneer "Snowshoe Thompson" was born in Telemark in 1827 and baptized Jon Tostensen Rue. He emigrated with his family in 1837 and by 1851 he was a participant in the California gold rush. Because of the difficulty in obtaining mail from the east across the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter he personally carried the mails on skis for three years in the late 1850s linking Utah Territory and the young State of California. At the time of his death at his ranch in Diamond Valley, Alpine County, California, in 1876, Thompson's skill and exploits were widely known and he was a legend.
(Born: 1827 - Dead: 1876 - Occupation: Farmer, Gold miner, Postman, Skier - Further information: Born Tinn, Telemark; imm. 1837 to Illinois; 1851 to California; Jan. 1856 skiing expedition over the Sierras.)
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