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Truckee’s town portrait plans continue

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

The date of Truckee’s town portrait is drawing near, and the excitement is generating increased interest in Truckee’s history.

The portrait will take place at the Louisiana Pacific Mill Site, off the eastern end of Church Street, on Sunday, Sept. 17 at noon.

“The location of the site is also known as the Balloon Track or roundabout,” Sharon Arnold, vice president of the Truckee Historical Society, said. “In the old days the roundhouse was down there. That’s where the train track spun around in a circle so the trains could turn around. It was directly behind the lumber yard.”

Guy Coates, research historian for the Truckee Historical Society, said the roundhouse marked one of the centers for railroad activity. The building burned down several decades ago, he said.

“I don’t know what the status is on that property,” added Arnold, “but that is where the photo will be.”

Event organizers hope roughly 12,000 Truckee residents will attend. Planned events include entertainment, music, arts and crafts and activities for children.

Mayor Maia Schneider proposed the idea after seeing a copy of the previous town portrait, taken nearly 100 years ago.

“There are only two copies of the previous town portrait that I know about, one at OB’s Restaurant and the other at the Jail Museum,” she said.

Schneider formed a committee to help organize the event.

John Echols and Tim Lippert will be the photo team, and plan to take the photo from an 80-foot-high ladder provided by the Truckee Fire Protection District.

Gary Botto will organize the food booths. Town Director of Public Works Tom Covey will prepare the site. Ruth Hall and Mary Lou Carson will direct kid’s activities, which range from face painting to snow cones to games.

Paul Covarelli will organize the music, which will be comprised of local musicians. Kandie Linegar is helping to gain sponsorship and donations. Carrie Farquhar will strong-arm the raffle and poster sales and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Captain Gary Jacobson will run security.

For more information about volunteering, contact Mayor Maia Schneider at 587-4982.


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