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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  • Donner Memorial Park is a fantastic place to visit. The new (and older) Museums are absolutely awesome, and work to educate folks on local history as well as the Donner Party. Great camping and lake a...  more »
  • We had been recommended to take out and view this area as its history gives a clear picture of how bad it could be, if one did not know the nature and the seasons, when they chose to move away from the coast in the United States. Highly recommended!
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  • A very moving & inspiring memorial to people’s determination.The car park was excellent & the museum was most interesting.The trail was very informative. A place to reflect on human nature.  more »
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