Soda Springs in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Soda Springs Store
Hwy 40 Scenic Bypass
There have been many Soda Springs stores over the years on both sides of the railroad tracks. The original Soda Springs Store serviced the many industries on the Summit: ice harvesting, diaries, lumber mills, sheep grazing, and of course the railroad. There was a vibrant community in the old days particularly because the railroad required many people: maintenance, carpenters, mechanics, snow shovelers (so the snow tunnels wouldn't collapse), fire train personnel (so the snow tunnels wouldn't burn down), and the personnel for extra engines needed to help trains get over the Summit.
Later incarnations of the Soda Springs store served the auto tourists who increased in number as the automobile became more popular and the roads improved. The winter opening of Highway 40 in 1932 increased business substantially as skiing became a participation sports and people drove to participate.
Today Soda Springs Store does a year-round business serving summer hikers and fishermen as well as winter skiers and snowboarders.
They arrived bigger than life in 1955, Bill in an authentic cowboy outfit and a large stetson and Dorothy in flamboyant dresses. They move into a house across from the hotel - even though there were FBI wanted posters for
Stop in at the little general store for the makings for a picnic or to pick up something to replace what you left at home.
Erected by Donner Summit Historical Society. (Marker Number 8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Donner Summit Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° 19.452′ N, 120° 23.016′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Donner Pass Road near Lola Montez Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21715 Donner Pass Road, Soda Springs CA 95728, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soda Springs Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Central Sierra Snow Lab Norden Station (approx. 1.7 miles away); Truckee Trail - Through Boulder Field (approx. 1.8 miles away); Summit Valley (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cal Lodge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tri Lodges (approx. 1.9 miles away); Snowshoe Thompson (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.