Old timers, new friends converge at annual picnic | SierraSun.com

Old timers, new friends converge at annual picnic

Amy Edgett
Members of the Sutton family gathered with friends at the Truckee Donner Historical Society’s annual Old Timer’s Picnic last Saturday. From left: 60-year resident Shirley Gini; Bob Sutton, who moved to Truckee in 1963; Keith Sutton (back); and Alfonso Ramirez, a Truckee resident since September ‘44.

Old folks, young folks, Truckee’s Teeter clan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp 25 and the Truckee Donner Railroad Society (TDRS) joined the Truckee Donner Historical Society’s 34th Annual Old Timers’ Picnic & History Expo last Saturday.

Bonnie Thompson, board membership director with the TDRS, said the importance of transportation in developing the west has long fascinated her. Thompson has a PhD in history from Arizona State University. She now resides in Truckee, but grew up in Incline Village. Interesting historic tidbit from the TDRS member? “Most people don’t know the Incline Railroad went straight up 3rd Creek,” she noted. The tracks ran lumber from the outlaying timber harvests to load to the Virginia City mines.

The TDRS will open a miniature railroad track in the Truckee River Regional Park in early August. Watch for more news in upcoming editions of the Sierra Sun.

On Sunday, the Old Jail Museum unveiled the “Jacob Teeter and the Law History of Truckee,” a new exhibit. The Railroad Regulators ushered in the grand opening with a bang, or 20, at the Jibboom Street locale.

Interested persons are encouraged to volunteer for the TDRS track building or as a TDHS Old Jail Museum docent.

Visit http://www.truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com and truckeehistory.org.

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