Truckee History

Explore Truckee's History

Truckee is a place rich in history with a quaint downtown that hosts charming shops and superb restaurants set in authentic historic buildings. Recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Truckee proudly retains its historic roots. Named for a Paiute Indian chief who helped guide thousands of emigrants in their westward journey through 40-mile desert. Truckee is well known for its logging, ice manufacturing, the Emigrant Trail, as well as for the tragic expedition of the Donner Party. You can discover much more about their captivating story at Donner Memorial State Park museum and Pioneer Monument.

Museums + Historical Sites

Historical Timeline

Truckee historical timeline


Truckee history  and timeline 1800s

Truckee history timeline, 1900's

Truckee history, timeline later 1900s

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Roadside History Markers

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Truckee Donner Historical Society

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