Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, Truckee

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Emigration and travel have changed the lives of countless ordinary people.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains form a natural barrier between California and the rest of the United States. Majestic and imposing, these mountains have always tested anyone crossing from one side to the other.

Washoe used well-worn game trails to travel through their homeland. Hopeful emigrants followed, struggling toward an uncertain future.

Thousands of Chinese workers arrived to drill and blast tunnels through the mountains and lay track for the railroad.

Twentieth-century travelers took to new highways, motoring toward new adventures in travel.

Explore the many ways that the journeys across this mountain changed the lives of these people and altered the course of U.S. history.
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  • Recently visited with my niece & her two elementary aged girls. Definitely worth the 30 minute drive from Reno. Great presentation of local history. The new museum is beautiful. We’ve been bringing gu...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit, with things to do on the water and paddle boats and kayaks to rent. During the spring and summer months its best to go early in the day to ensure a spot. Bring towels, and food f...  more »

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