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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  • Great place to visit! Lots of information about the area! The monument is amazing. The movie was good. We realy enjoyed the excerpts from the diaries of the Donner party. There is a lot to see here an...  more »
  • I checked in and told the Ranger I had added an extra day, but she told me I would have to recheck back in on that day despite the fact that I told her we would be out hiking early in the am and would...  more »
  • Always wanted to visit,very well presented,must watch film that explains the circumstances of the Donner Party disaster.then on to lake well provided for seating or biking or walking,a must do place  more »
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