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...

A City Within a City: Truckee’s Chinatown

The Chinese labor workers on Donner Summit were the literal muscle that constructed the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) and played an intrinsic role in...

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...

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...

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...

Honoring Chinese railroad workers

The Nevada Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring the art of Zhi Lin through Nov. 10 as part of the 150th anniversary of...