Norden in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Great Summit Tunnel of the Sierra Nevada
Erected 1999 by E Clampus Vitus, Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, the E Clampus Vitus, and the Transcontinental Railroad series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 18, 1868.
Location. 39° 18.984′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norden CA 95724, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sugar Bowl Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Donner Pass Airway Station & Beacon (within shouting distance of this marker); Summit Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tunnel 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donner Ski Ranch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sacred Symbols From Ancient Times (approx. 0.3 miles away); Petroglyphs (approx. 0.3 miles away); China Wall (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norden.
Regarding Great Summit Tunnel of the Sierra Nevada. The Great Summit Tunnel is also known as Central Pacific Railroad Tunnel #6.
You can visit the western entrance to the tunnel about 1,500 feet from here where Sugar Bowl Road crosses over the decommissioned railroad tracks.
Season 5 of the AMC series, Hell on Wheels, convincingly dramatizes the building of the Great Sierra Tunnel even though the scenes on the Central Pacific Railroad were shot in the Canadian Rockies not in the Sierra Nevada.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 29, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.