Soda Springs in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Donner Summit Lodge
Hwy 40 Scenic Bypass
At one time there were many lodges and inns along Highway 40. Today one can drive from the Bay Area to Donner Summit in a couple of hours but when Highway 40 was the only route it was two lanes and went through every downtown on the way. Traveling to the Summit was an all day affair. So there were lots of places where visitors could sleep. Donner Summit Lodge and its Summit Restaurant, built in 1939, is one of the few remaining examples of the lodges built to serve auto traffic. Over the decades almost all of the others have closed down or burned (Beacon Hill Lodge just up the road for example). Pictured here: Donner Summit Lodge and ad in the 1930's.
A Good Story
When Highway 40 stopped being a State highway it was given to Placer and Nevada Counties via two different bills. One bill said the State "shall" plow the roadways and the other said the State "may" plow the roadways. The State plowed driveways along the highway in those days too. One day after a heavy snowfall, the operator didn't plow one driveway just up the road here. The homeowner was irate. He ran out with a shotgun intent on
Things to do right here
Come on into Historic Donner Summit Lodge and enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Summit Restaurant always uses fresh ingredients and offers a wide variety of menu options. The locals love the pizza, salads and the delicious good Old fashioned burgers. You won't be disappointed.
Erected by Donner Summit Historical Society and The Montano Family (owners of the Summit Restaurant). (Marker Number 7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Donner Summit Historical Society series list.
Location. 39° 19.517′ N, 120° 23.364′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Donner Pass Road near Interstate 80, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22002 Donner Pass Road, Soda Springs CA 95728, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At Soda Springs Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Soda Springs Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lake Van Norden Dam (approx. 0.7 miles away); Truckee Trail - Leaving Summit Valley (approx. one mile away); Emigrant Wagon Route (approx. one mile away); Summit Valley Native American Mortars (approx. one mile away); Central Sierra Snow Lab (approx. 1.1 miles away); Truckee Trail - Through Boulder Field (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 254 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.