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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  • Wonderful museum that gives the complete history of the Donner party's struggle to get to California through pictures, movies, and all available records. Very well planned, and just the right size.  more »
  • I had last visited the museum maybe 20 years ago, and it was pretty good. On our most recent visit to the area, this time with a Tahoe newbie, we took her to the museum and we were greatly...  more »

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