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The First Automobile Over the Sierra

As soon as people were able to buy automobiles they wanted to see how far and how fast they could go. The automobile companies...

The Meaning of the Transcontinental Railroad

We take the Transcontinental Railroad for granted; it doesn’t overtly affect our daily lives. The Transcontinental Railroad, though, is responsible for the growth of...

The Great Train Robbery at Verdi

The Central Pacific’s Train No. 1 was two hours late out of Truckee. It departed from Oakland on Nov. 4, 1870, and arrived on...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part V

In its effort to construct the California portion of America’s first transcontinental railway, Central Pacific Railroad struggled to conquer the Sierra Nevada. It took...

Ice, fishing booms for Donner Lake

Read Part I of the series.  Donner Lake is appreciated as a beautiful gem tucked into the base of Donner Pass, a gift of nature...

Railroad Locomotives | From Steam to Mag-Lev

The first passenger locomotive to reach Truckee was a wood burner called “Antelope.” It was driven by four large wheels with four small pilot...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad | Part III

The United States’ Transcontinental Railroad represented a transportation revolution that stitched the country together from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, exponentially boosting communication, migration...

Honoring Chinese railroad workers

The Nevada Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring the art of Zhi Lin through Nov. 10 as part of the 150th anniversary of...

Auto Travel to Donner Lake on the Lincoln Highway

Before there were cars and big-rig tractor-trailers speeding more than 65 mph on Interstate 80, the first transcontinental highway was the Lincoln Highway, commemorating...

First Bicycle Over the Summit and Across the Country

Bicyclists have found the Donner Summit-Truckee area. Any good day will find people bicycling from Truckee to Tahoe City, going out to circumnavigate Lake...