Donner Summit History
9 walks and 1 hike along with all the stories that go with them. Hear about The Blue Goose, Native Americans on Donner Summit, petroglyphs, metates, cupules, grinding rocks, the first locomotive over Donner Summit, turkeys, when Lake Angela ran out of water, Van Norden Dam, Charlie Chaplin on Donner Summit, snowsheds, Tunnel 6, the first bicycle over Donner Summit, tourit visits in the 19th Century, the Sierra Juniper....
218 pages of Donner Summit history stories; Hundreds of pictures, both historic and contemporary; and the maps needed for the walks.
Take a look at the Table of Contents below for the major stories but not the asides and illustrations.
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....at the Donner Summit Historical Society;
....at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitors' Center;
....at the Bookshelf book store in Truckee
or via regular mail at P.O. 1 Norden 95724
--- also at the California Welcome Center in Auburn on High St.
From the back cover:
Donner Summit is the most important historical square mile in California and maybe the entire Western United States. Native Americans crossed for thousands of years. The first emigrants to arrive in California with wagons came over Donner Summit. The first transcontinental railroad, the first transcontinental highway, the first transcontinental air route, and the first transcontinental telephone line all crossed Donner Summit. The first person to bicycle around the world went over Donner Summit, as did the first person to make a motorized crossing of the U.S. and the first people to attempt to cross the country in an automobile. That’s just a bit of the richness that is Donner Summit history.
Then there are the fun small stories: frozen turkeys roosting in the trees, the two-story out house at the Summit Hotel, blindfolded mules, and the Spider Dance.
You can walk through Donner Summit history, where it all took place. In the walks described here you will read the stories, “hear” history through people’s words, and see the historical photographs that bring the history to life.
218 pages ©2015