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Donner Party & Early Settlers

Truckee’s history includes the tragic expedition of the Donner Party along with other early settlers and the groundbreaking construction of the transcontinental railroad over the Sierra Nevada.

Watch Legacy - Chinese Railroad Worker Documentary Film

About the film: Over 150 years ago, Chinese Railroad Workers blasted and chiseled their way through the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains near Donner Summit on the Tahoe National Forest while completing the Transcontinental Railroad. Despite this monumental achievement, the Chinese Railroad Workers’ contribution was excluded, ignored and forgotten from history. Today, grassroots groups and the US Forest Service are working together to retell the story of these workers’ lasting legacy.

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