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Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

George Schaffer

1828 – 1903

 
 
George Schaffer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
1. George Schaffer Marker
Inscription. One of Truckee’s earliest settlers. Schaffer in 1866 built the first lumber mill in the town. He freighted the locomotive San Mateo to Truckee in a winter crossing of the Sierra prior to the laying of Central Pacific tracks. This building “The Star Hotel” was built by Schaffer probably for his family. When mill operations were relocated up Martis Creek in 1871, this building was converted to a hotel and has remained in continuous operation until this day. For 24 years, the Truckee Basin supplied timber to railroads, mines and boom towns through “Uncle George’s” enterprises.
 
Erected 1986 by Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.625′ N, 120° 11.042′ W. Marker is in Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on West River Road just west of Brockway Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10015 West River Road, Truckee CA 96161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jax Truckee Diner (within shouting distance of this marker); Truckee (about 300 feet
George Schaffer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
2. George Schaffer Marker
away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Truckee (about 400 feet away); Theodore Dehone Judah (about 400 feet away); First Log Cabin (about 700 feet away); Truckee’s Old Stone Garage and Site of Town’s First Dwelling (about 700 feet away); “The Tin Can” ----------- “Dot’s Place” (about 700 feet away); World War I Memorial / Victory Highway Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
 
Regarding George Schaffer. From the Truckee Donner Historical Website:
George Schaffer:
A lumberman who came to Truckee in 1867 and became partners with Joseph Gray to build the first saw and lumber mill. He also brought the first locomotive over the summit on sleighs using thirty yoke of oxen.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Truckee Area. The Truckee Donner Historical Society details the history of Truckee. (Submitted on October 27, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
George Schaffer Marker and "The Star Hotel" image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
3. George Schaffer Marker and "The Star Hotel"
The marker is visible mounted on front of the building to the right of the entrance door.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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