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History of Truckee, California

History of Truckee

10115 Donner Trail Road, Truckee, California, 96160
Category: Activities
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Donner Lake History

Carved out by ancient glaciers, Truckee, CA has a rich history that makes it one of the state's most captivating towns. From prehistoric nomadic tribes to the famous Donner Party of 1846, Truckee has played host to a diverse array of inhabitants and numerous interesting tales. Above all, it's the setting of incredible natural beauty, where you'll find a wealth of archaeological treasures that reveal some fascinating insight into Donner Lake and the town of Truckee, CA.



  • Truckee History Alive! 2014 Series
  • Truckee Tahoe AirFair and Family Festival
  • Old Jail Museum
  • Old Timers' Picnic and History Expo
  • Truckee Thursdays
  • Annual Donner Party Hike


  • Walking tours
  • Rock climbing
  • Water sports
  • Museums
  • Fishing
  • Shopping
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Dining
  • Biking


  • Who are some famous people jailed at the Truckee Jail?

    One of only a few surviving 19th century jailhouses in the Old West, Truckee’s historic jail played host to some notorious inmates throughout its history, including "Baby Face" Nelson, William Hart and "Ma" Spinelli and her gang.
  • Are there any historical tours of Truckee?

    Visitors can get an in-depth look at the town's fascinating past by participating in a variety of local tours, including Truckee’s Infamous History Tour and Truckee’s Haunted Historic Tour.

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