Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
China Wall of the Sierra
Erected 1984 by Truckee-Donner Historical Society, Inc and the Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 19.012′ N, 120° 19.178′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Donner Pass Road (Old Highway 40), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17844 Donner Pass Road, Truckee CA 96161, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacred Symbols From Ancient Times (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Petroglyphs (about 400 feet away); Donner Pass McGlashan Point (about 700 feet away); Transcontinental Railroad (about 700 feet away); Rainbow Bridge (about 700 feet away); Stephens – Townsend – Murphy Party of 1844 (about 700 feet away); Donner Summit Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
Also see . . . Chinese-American Contribution to the Transcontinental Railroad. This article by the Central Pacific Railroad Museum chronicles the contribution made by Chinese laborers and exhibits several vintage photographs. (Submitted on October 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Construction of the Rail Bed Over the Summit
The CPRR rail line had reached Dutch Flat on the fourth of July, 1866. By the fall of 1866 line was laid all the way to Cisco. The winters of 1866-7 and 1867-8 were treacherous in the Sierra. Working conditions near the Summit were extremely hazardous. The CPRR imported Chinese labor to do the work because of their endurance
— Submitted October 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,878 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Close-Up View of the Walls. • Can you help?