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The 150th Anniversary Celebration of 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 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...

The First Automobile Over the Sierra

As soon as people were able to buy automobiles they wanted to see how far and how fast they could go. The automobile companies...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad | Part III

The United States’ Transcontinental Railroad represented a transportation revolution that stitched the country together from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, exponentially boosting communication, migration...

The Ladies of Truckee’s Jibboom Street

Ladies of the evening, fallen women, soiled doves and Jezebels are polite terms for prostitutes, women of the world’s oldest profession. Though, the profession...

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...

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...

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...

Theodore Judah: Engineering Visionary for the Transcontinental Railroad

Theodore Judah had some strange ideas. He wanted to build a railroad across the continent. People knew it could not be done. The grades...