Are you looking for the perfect getaway for the history buffs in your family? Truckee is the place to go. From the infamous tales of the Donner Party to journeys that took place on the pioneer trail, there’s a story sure to fascinate everyone.
Roadside Historical Markers
Along what is known as the Lincoln Highway or Old Highway 40, travelers can find markers telling the famous story of the journey of the Donner Party and others during the time of pioneer emigration west. Grab a friend and some snacks, and explore the old country.
Museums and Stories from Our Ancestors
Thanks to the Truckee-Donner Historical Society, much of the area’s history has been preserved. Go on an adventure to Joseph Research Cabin (The Gateway Cabin) or spend a day at the Old Jail Museum. For another historical experience, pay homage the Donner Cross and the Schaffer Cemetery. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots:
For additional events and things to do, check out the Truckee-Donner Historical Society’s webpage for events throughout the year.
Monuments, Landmarks & Other Fun Things to Do
While you’re in town, make sure you stop to check out some of the coolest sights around. Take a walk through Donner Memorial State Park, and be sure to swing by the visitor center for directions to the Pioneer Monument. Other spots of interest include:
See you in Truckee!