150 Years of Freemasons in Truckee

Truckee is celebrating its 150th year anniversary of not only the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad but also 150 years of the continued presence...

150 Years of Railroad Snow Removal

Sierra snows are a continuing challenge to railroad transportation through our high mountains. This is a story of these efforts and the machines used.  Dozens...

Auto Travel to Donner Lake on the Lincoln Highway

Before there were cars and big-rig tractor-trailers speeding more than 65 mph on Interstate 80, the first transcontinental highway was the Lincoln Highway, commemorating...

Boca Brewing Company | California’s First Lager

By Dave DePuy  Truckee-Donner Summit Historical and Railroad Societies  Today, Boca Reservoir is known for being right off Interstate 80’s Hirschdale Exit, but the area was...

Gold Spike Cocktail | Homage to Truckee’s history

Picture two men, both passionate about Truckee history, surrounded by bottles of booze and mixers attempting to replicate a cocktail from the 1800s. That’s...

Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary | Part I

During the month of May, communities across the Western United States will be celebrating the sesquicentennial — 150th — anniversary of the completion of...

Celebrating the Transcontinental Railroad

On May 10, 1869, 150 years ago, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, forever changing the landscape of Truckee and Donner Summit. The railroad made...

Celebrations for the Transcontinental Railroad

Dozens of events, art exhibits, programs and tours are planned throughout the season to celebration with 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. For a complete...

Train car part of 150th celebration

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nev., is hosting “The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made" exhibit as part of the...

Mexican-American War & St. Patrick’s Battalion | Part IV

On Aug. 18, 1847, Mexican General Gabriel Valencia — in charge of 7,000 armed troops supported by 23 cannons — defied a direct order...