History

Truckee is a place rich in history with a quaint downtown that hosts charming shops and superb restaurants set in authentic historic buildings. Recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Truckee proudly retains its historic roots. Named for a Paiute Indian chief who helped guide thousands of emigrants in their westward journey through 40-mile desert. Truckee is well known for its logging, ice manufacturing, the Emigrant Trail, as well as for the tragic expedition of the Donner Party. You can discover much more about their captivating story at Donner Memorial State Park museum and Pioneer Monument.


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Take a Tour of Historic Downtown Truckee

Follow the guided walking map and learn some of Truckee's rich history. A touch of history, spiced with eclectic shops, galleries, and delicious cuisine makes Truckee as much a part of the Sierra experience as it was over a century ago.