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Historical train series: Truckee-Tahoe and the Comstock Lode

A look at Hobart Mills more than a centurytruy ago. The town is named after Walter Scott Hobart Sr. who operated a sawmill in the area since 1897.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Tuesday, March 24, the community is invited to the third presentation in the Truckee History Alive: Train Series.

Gene Rogers, Chief Conductor/Engineer at the Northern Nevada Railroad and Museum (a historic landmark in Ely, Nev.) will talk of a fascinating era when the thriving sawmills of Hobart Mills, Crystal Bay and Incline Village cut the mining timbers that were transported by flume and rail to provide the lumber for construction of the mines of the Comstock Lode.

In addition, hundreds of steam engines carried more than 100,000 cords of four foot split pine and fir annually that provided firewood for use at the Comstock.

Attendees Tuesday will learn how silver mining was dependent on Truckee-Tahoe and view amazing, historic photos of families living here at that time.

Rogers is also a former Truckee resident, who had a Glenshire Garden Railroad.

His presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Truckee Veterans’ Memorial Building at 10214 High St. in Truckee.

Further, attendees who arrive early will be treated to a rare showing of the 1898 Hobart Mills Time Capsule from 6-6:30 p.m.

The Truckee History Alive: Train Series is sponsored by Truckee Library, Truckee Donner Historical Society, Friends of the Truckee Memorial Veteran’s Building and the Truckee Donner Railroad Society.

The group suggests $10 donation as entry for Tuesday’s event. Visit truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com to learn more.

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