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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...

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...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part V

In its effort to construct the California portion of America’s first transcontinental railway, Central Pacific Railroad struggled to conquer the Sierra Nevada. It took...

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...

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...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part IV

This year, American train buffs are celebrating the May 10, 1869, completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad. The 1862 Pacific Railroad Act was...

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...

Snowsheds: Protection of Trains Over Donner Summit

Theodore Judah, who laid out the Transcontinental Railroad’s route, made a careful study of Sierra snow. He looked at the moss on the trees...

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...

Truckee’s Logging Railroads

  Truckee-Donner Summit Historical and Railroad Societies  By Nelson Van Gundy & Jerry Blackwill  The forests of the Truckee-Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada have been logged...