Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Who Passed This Way
Traveling by foot, wagon, train or automobile, the journey has always been challenging.
The Washoe Indians trekked through the area, from their Great Basin home enroute to the foothills of California, to gather acorns and to trade. They brought items such as salt, obsidian, rabbit skins and pine nuts to trade with the California Indians for other food items, animal skins and sea shells.
Incorporating portions of the emigrant trail, the Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Wagon Road was completed in 1864, opening the area to permanent settlement.
Because of this railroad link, traveling across the nation now seemed quick and easy. This lured more than emigrants out west and marked the beginnings of this areaís tourist economy.
This section of the Lincoln Highway was replaced by Highway 40 in 1926. Highway 40 served as the major driving route over Donner Pass until Interstate 80 was completed in 1964
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 19.111′ N, 120° 19.115′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Donner Pass Road (Old Highway 40). Touch for map. Marker is located at the lookout parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19326 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. McGlashan Point (here, next to this marker); Transcontinental Railroad (here, next Stephens – Townsend – Murphy Party of 1844 (within shouting distance of this marker); Rainbow Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Donner Summit Overlook (about 300 feet away); Donner Summit Bridge (about 300 feet away); Petroglyphs (about 600 feet away); China Wall of the Sierra (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
Also see . . . Truckee - Donner Historical Society. This site links to several articles regarding the history of the area. (Submitted on 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 3,138 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.