Above: Rainbow Tavern and Trout Farm. People could fish for trout right outside the hotel and have their fish cooked. Today the Trout Farm is a lawn.

Below: Outiside the Soda Springs Hotel on Highway 40. People parked all along the highway and then went skiiing and patronized buisnesses.

4th Annual Margie Powell Hike August 15/16, 2015

Donner Party Hikes October 3,4, 2015 link

Heritage Trail August 15,16 2015 link

Lake Mary Dinner July 26, 2015link

Walking Donner Summit History

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.

Link to purchase the book 218 pages ©2015

You can purchase the book on line (link above), via regular mail, at the Soda Springs General Store, at the Donner Summit Historical Society, at the Donner Memorial State Park, or via regular mail (P.O. 1 Norden, 95724)

The cost is $25 which includes sales tax, shipping and handling.