Truckee sits just outside of the Lake Tahoe basin, and in spite of the upscale shops and eateries lining its main street, still maintains its small mountain town, honky-tonk ambience
Truckee has more than one claim to fame. A river conspicuously runs through it, an Amtrak train stops (more or less regularly) right in the middle of downtown, and the most frigid winter temperatures in the area sends shivers through residents and visitors alike.
Truckee sits next door to pretty little Donner Lake, and it’s not far from the eternal resting place of over half of the infamous meal-challenged Donner party. A statue of a robust looking pioneer family marks the spot where hunger overcame scruples in the bitter winter of 1846.
Movie buffs will remember that from 1910 to 1941, an astonishing 82 early motion pictures were shot in and around Truckee. One of the earliest and the best one, according to some, was Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.” Truckee also hosted many more film notables, such as Clark Gable, Tom Mix, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, Will Rogers, John Wayne, and Henry Fonda.
Truckee has been one of the most important communities in the Sierra Nevada since 1844, overcoming everything from destructive fires to extreme blizzards. It will remain. Don’t forget to explore the town and learn more of its fascinating history.
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