Historical Marker Series

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History The Washoe Tribe lived on the eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains for more than 6,000 years. They didn't actually call themselves the Washoe Tribe, though. They called themselves the Waashiw (Wa-she-shu) tribe, meaning "people from her…
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History The bridge "eliminated for all time the terrors of the Donner grade from the state highway system of California." Automobile travel could be a harrying affair in the old days and Donner Summit was a difficult route. You can trace the …
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History "I don't believe I have adequate words to describe the real beauty of Donner Pass. As we stood looking down I had a floating sensation... I lost all fear as I looked at one of the most beautiful blue lakes (Donner Lake) I have ever seen. Every…
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History It was a race. The Union and Central Pacific Railroads were crossing the continent with steel rails each trying to build the most miles and so get the most money from the government. The rugged Sierra and its winter climate were challenges. 15 tunn…
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History The current building at the head of Donner Pass on Old 40 was built for the Division of Highways in 1931 to serve as a dormitory for highway workers. That was the first winter the road was plowed and on-call workers needed accommodations. The idea…
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History The coming of the railroad made it easy for well-heeled tourists to visit Donner Summit and with the building of a large hotel, they came. Whole families came to enjoy the summit and stay for weeks at a time. The first Summit Hotel was built i…
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History 1866 - Right here Bam, bam, quarter turn; Bam, bam, quarter turn; Bam, bam, quarter turn; all day long, three shifts a day, day after day, week after week. Chinese workers pounded away at the solid granite. One worker held a star bit, turning it a …
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History "new addition... modern design... large new ski hut... semi-rustic design... oiled pine walls ... ideally suited to skiers' requirements... central heating... Norden awaits the opening of the winter sports season." So advertised the …
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History When Bill Klien, who would transform skiing himself, invited Hannes Schroll to Donner Summit from Yosemite in 1937, the ski industry was about to change. Hannes was a dare-devil champion skier whose yodels as he tore down mountains could be heard f…
www.historicalmarkerproject.com/markers/HM1JTT_the-magic-carpet_Norden-CA.html
History The ritual of arriving in early morning by train and taking the 15 minute ride in tractor drawn sleighs was in place for more than ten years after Sugar Bowl opened in 1939. It was the only way to get to Sugar Bowl. It was a cold ritual and Jean Ch…
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