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August 1, 2013
Truckee celebrates its 150th anniversary

RP TRUCKEE OVERALL.JPGHistorians fix the establishment of Truckee with the 1863 opening of Gray's Toll Station, a two-story cabin used to collect fees for a nearby bridge. It was built by Joseph Henry Gray in the 1850s to house his family and to later sell provisions to passing freight haulers.

This year Truckee celebrates its 150th anniversary as a town (and its 20th year as an incorporated city) with a series of special events which continues this Sunday when the Truckee Donner Historical Society hosts an educational program featuring talks and demonstrations by guest experts. The program includes local author Mark McLaughlin, a demonstration by the Washoe Cultural Council, a talk on the Truckee ice industry by historian Tom Macaulay, a presentation on old Highway 40 by the Donner Summit Historical Society, plus participation by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society and North Lake Tahoe Historical Society. Bring the kids -- hot dogs will be provided.

Then on August10 the focus shifts to Sierra train history when visitors of all ages can learn about the arrival of the Central Pacific, local logging railroads and that passenger train that was snowbound at Donner Pass in 1952. In addition there will be model train rides courtesy of the Sacramento Valley Live Steamer Railroad Museum. The festivities are co-sponsored by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, Truckee Donner Historical Society and Town of Truckee.

What: Truckee Donner Historical Society Celebration
Where: Joseph Research Society, 10115 Donner Trail Rd., Truckee
When: Aug. 4, 10 to 4 p.m.
Cost: free, but donations welcome
For more info: 530-559-2378 or event flyer

What: Truckee Railroad History Day
Where: Truckee Regional Park, 10050 Brockway Road, Truckee
When: Aug. 10, 10 to 4 p.m.
Cost: free, but donations welcome
For more info: 530-559-2378 or event flyer

PHOTO CREDIT: Old Truckee is crowded with cars as visitors enjoy the historic district. 2004 Sacramento Bee photograph by Randy Pench

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California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

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Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

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Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

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Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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