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Donner Park dig will precede museum work

In building a new museum at Donner Memorial State Park, archaeologists may uncover a bit more Donner Party history.

Archaeologists will scour the eastern edge of Donner Lake this spring, searching for artifacts that may be buried in the construction zone of the planned $7 million, 10,000-square-foot High Sierra Crossings Museum.

The new building is planned to replace the existing museum, built in 1962. State officials say the old museum is outdated and cramped. The current building also does not meet various building codes.



The state’s plans have been revised since last summer when a community backlash over the project stalled the museum. The new plans, which have the museum located next to the current building, have been well received by the Truckee community, according to preliminary meetings.

The project’s draft environmental impact report is being circulated for comments from the public right now.




But the real question mark remains what historical artifacts lie beneath the soil at the eastern edge of Donner Lake.

“They’ve done some cursory work, but they will get in and do some more intense work when the snow melts,” said Hayden Sohm, superintendent of the Sierra District of California State Parks.

The presence of Donner Party artifacts had state planners shying away from the new location earlier in the planning process and choosing the unpopular location near the eastern shore of Donner Lake.

“They’ve done some cursory work, but they will get in and do some more intense work when the snow melts,” said Hayden Sohm, superintendent of the Sierra District of California State Parks.

The presence of Donner Party artifacts had state planners shying away from the new location earlier in the planning process and choosing the unpopular location near the eastern shore of Donner Lake.


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