DID YOU KNOW…the Tahoe Basin’s bald eagle count is in January?
A small township surrounding a hotel at the west end of Donner Lake, Pollard’s station became an important stop for the California Stage Company line connecting Sacramento to Virginia City.
The township grew to include two hotels, a general store and a sawmill.
Pollard’s hotel burned to the ground in April, and its few residents moved east to the new settlement of Coburn’s Station, nearer modern downtown Truckee.
Coburn’s Station was then renamed Truckee in 1868.
By the time the first train chugged through on the transcontinental railroad, Truckee had 15 buildings, including saloons, a hotel and 20 stores.
Truckee was a true wild-west town with saloons and gambling, a red light district on Jibboom Street and gunfights in the streets.
In his book, “California Called Them,” historian Robert O’Brien writes, “Truckee went its own independent way and promptly became a juvenile delinquent among the California mountain towns.”
” From truckeehistory.org, the Truckee-Donner Historical Society