Rubicon Trail – Julius Caesar on a 4×4

The Rubicon Trail is to 4×4 fans, what Shakespeare’s Caesar is to English Literature graduates. If you are wondering what the possible connection with Caesar could possibly be, read on.

Significance of The Rubicon Trail

The most commonly known explanation behind the Trails name is that the Rubicon Trail (or the Rubicon/McKinney Road as it is legally known), does cross the Rubicon River at a point close to Lake Tahoe. The original Rubicon River runs in Europe between France and Italy.

However, there is another more significant explanation of where the Rubicon Trail got its name. Anyone who has read Julius Caesar will be familiar with Caesar’s declaration of “alea iacta est!” or “the die is cast”. Caesar made the proclamation just after he crossed the Rubicon River and declared war on Rome.

Ever since, crossing the Rubicon means one has reached the point of no return. It is an expression that has found it’s way on the lips of people across the globe and of course – as the name of a world famous 4×4 trail viz. The Rubicon Trail.

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History of The Rubicon Trail

The Rubicon Trail was established in the 1800’s between Georgetown and Lake Tahoe. It served mainly as a stagecoach road for two hotels at Wentworth Springs and Rubicon Springs. The hotels did not run for very long and were soon out of business. This also led to the deterioration of The Rubicon Trail.

Many years later, The Rubicon Trail was picked as the site for the Jeepers Jamboree in 1953. Thereafter it gained its current popularity and even today, every July, the Jeepers Jamboree is held at The Rubicon Trail. 4×4 jeep fans continue to follow the path led by their pioneers at The Rubicon Trail!

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