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Truckee History

Established in 1863

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A SASSARINI HOME – Built circa 1895 by the Sassarini family, this home was later purchased by the McGwinn Family on July 15, 1918 for 10 dollars in gold coin. Doyle McGwinn grew up to be the town butcher for many years.

B TITUS HOME – This home was constructed circa 1912 on a spot previously occupied by a Chinese boarding house. It was the only architecturally designed home in Brickelltown, designed by Will Bliss. Frank Titus, Sr. built this home while working as an engineer on the narrow gauge railroad, which hauled lumber from Lake Tahoe to Truckee.

C EATON HOMES – Originally built by Edward Brickell circa 1880 and then served as the Truckee Lumber Company store. Harry Eaton, Brickell’s son in law, was a longtime railroad engineer. His son, Harry, grew up in this home and in the 1930’s he was known to ski to Tahoe City to deliver the mail when trains were snowbound in Truckee.

D THE KRUGER C.B. WHITE HOUSE – Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1873 by W. H. Kruger, an original owner of the Truckee Lumber Company. In 1904, C. B. White, a banker and prominent citizen, bought the house.

E RICHARDSON HOUSE – Warren Richardson built this beautiful Victorian home in 1887.The home stayed in the family until 1940. Since then, the house was used as a boarding house and was to become known in town as “the flop house”. In 1981, the house was transformed into a bed and breakfast.

F ROCKING STONE – Although the 17-ton stone no longer rocks, it is one of 25 known rocking stones in the world.The local Native Americans used this rock for drying their food and holding ceremonies as far back as 15,000 years ago. One of the early tribes painstakingly chipped away the rock to flatten the top and curve the bottom so animals couldn’t climb up to eat their food.

G THE LOADING DOCK – Once a loading dock and freight station for the Southern Pacific Railroad this building served as a warehouse for years. Much of Truckee’s lumber and ice were shipped from here.

H TRUCKEE’S OLD JAIL – Built in 1875 out of native stone, the brick was added in 1901.This is one of the West’s oldest jails in continuous use until 1964. Open on summer weekends.

I FIRST AND LAST CHANCE SALOON – It was the last saloon heading west and the first heading east; once Truckee’s original telephone office.

J FLYING “A” – This was a fully working gas station when it opened in the 1936. In 2007, it was revitalized to appear as a 1949 gas station.

K SIERRA TAVERN BUILDING – Built as a three-story building in 1928.A fourth floor was added in 1938.This was once the location of the law office of Truckee’s famous citizen, Charles McGlashan, who wrote the history of the Donner Party.

L CABONA’S – Founded in 1918, Cabona’s is the oldest retail establishment on Commercial Row. It’s founder, Dave Cabona, originally sold fishing tackle, appliances and general merchandise.The eastern part of the store was a coffee shop.The coffee cup is still embedded in the sidewalk.

M THE DEPOT – The depot was built in 1900. A plaque, located on the large stone outside the depot, commemorates the first transcontinental railroad line.The line reached Truckee on April 3, 1868.

N THE CAPITOL – Built in 1872 by William Hurd. It was originally “Hurd’s Saloon and Hall.” It was used by Piper Opera Company and then for the County Court.

O I.O.O.F. HALL – This building was built in 1871 and is the oldest on the block. Rebekah officials from New York had been in San Francisco to organize a lodge there. Returning to New York they became snowbound and stayed in Truckee four days. They asked the local ladies if they would like to have a lodge; the second Rebekah Lodge in California was established.

P REX HOTEL BUILDING – Built over 100 years ago, it was converted to a hotel with steam heated rooms in 1913. During prohibition, the lower floor was a speakeasy called the “Silver Mirror.”

Q SQUEEZE IN – The location of the town’s first bank, operated by Frank Burckhalter. In 1869 a daring bank robbery attempt was thwarted by the heroic action of bank employees and town citizens.

R STONE GARAGE – This building is on the location of Truckee’s first building: Gray’s Station. The current stone building was constructed around 1911 and served as a carriage house and blacksmith shop.

S THE TRUCKEE HOTEL – Built as the American Hotel in 1873, it has had several name changes since. In 1909, it burned to the ground and was rebuilt. It was renamed Alpine Riverside Hotel for the 1960 Winter Olympics. The hotel was renovated and reopened as the Truckee Hotel in 1977.

T THE SCHAFFER HOUSE – Built in 1895 by George Schaffer, the founder of Truckee’s first lumber mill, Schaffer Mill. The- original Italianate detailing is still evident on the porch. U GRAY’S LOG WAYSTATION – Truckee’s oldest building (1863). In 1909 the cabin was given to the Native Sons of the Golden West,Donner Parlor No. 162, who moved it to its present location. V CHINESE HERB SHOP – Built in 1878, it was the cornerstone of Truckee’s Chinatown, the second largest Chinese community on the west coast, and home of the Donner Soda Label, part of the Truckee Soda Works.