Windows On History May 19-20 |

Windows On History May 19-20

The 7th Annual Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce “Windows On History” event began May 1 with a display of original historic photos in merchant windows throughout downtown Truckee.

A full weekend of activities to celebrate Truckee’s colorful past will be held on May 19 and 20.

“Today, Truckee is a booming tourism area. We take pride in our role in history. Windows On History is an amusing, yet educational, event to share our legacy with visitors and residents new to the area.” said Rachelle Pellissier, President and CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

Characters from the past will come alive in downtown Truckee with gunslinger reenactments, historic tales, gold panning and strolling musicians.

Guided walking tours of historic buildings displaying photographs will be available both Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

Visitors will be entertained with Wild West reenactments by the Virginia City Gunslingers and Saloon Girls, that includes a gun safety presentation for children. This year the Truckee Railroad Regulators will join the action.

Historians will present colorful accounts of local residents and events, including tales of the Donner Party and a performance by John “Snowshoe” Thompson, the volunteer mailman who carried the mail through the Sierra in the winters of 1856-1872.

“From the wood plank sidewalks and historic buildings to the emigrant trails; Truckee is rich in memories of the pioneer spirit. ‘Windows On History’ is a celebration of Truckee’s role in settling the West,” said Pellissier. “It allows visitors to enjoy today’s recreation and preserved beauty of the area with the feel of being in the Wild West.”

Truckee’s location at the base of the Sierra Nevada made it a critical stop for travelers, pioneers and industrialists as they moved west in the 1800s.

Truckee served as a base camp for the workers who built the rail line through the Sierra. When the line was completed in 1868, Truckee was the manufacturing and shipping point for ice and lumber for quickly-growing San Francisco and mining camps in Nevada.

For more information on “Windows On History” and Truckee, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at (530) 587-2757 or

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