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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...

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...

Other Uses for Snowsheds

Snowsheds were used not only to protect trains from snow. Today, they are canvases for graffiti artists, both inside and out, host amazing ice...

The Meaning of the Transcontinental Railroad

We take the Transcontinental Railroad for granted; it doesn’t overtly affect our daily lives. The Transcontinental Railroad, though, is responsible for the growth of...

Railroad Locomotives | From Steam to Mag-Lev

The first passenger locomotive to reach Truckee was a wood burner called “Antelope.” It was driven by four large wheels with four small pilot...

Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company

Did you know that from 1900 to 1943 you could ride a train from Oakland to Truckee and transfer to a railroad going up...

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...

First Bicycle Over the Summit and Across the Country

Bicyclists have found the Donner Summit-Truckee area. Any good day will find people bicycling from Truckee to Tahoe City, going out to circumnavigate Lake...

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...

The Chinese Transcontinental Railroad

The construction of the Transcontinental Railroad was not only a feat but also a competition between two railroads, the western Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR)...