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Historic Donner Trail

at Donner Summit










Welcome to one of the most historic, interesting, and scenic  places in America...

from Donner Lake to Donner Summit.


Home to...

  • The Original Donner/Pioneer Trail
  • The 1864 Dutch Flat-Donner Lake Wagon Road
  • The 1866 Transcontinental Railroad
  • The 1914 Lincoln / Victory Highway
  • The 1909-1927 State Highway 37
  • The 1927 US Highway 40
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"The wagon road from Donner Lake to the Summit was a source of frequent surprises."   W.W. Stone, July 30, 1903.
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1800s History

Donner Party / pioneer travel and Transcontinental Railroad

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1800s Photos

Amazing photos beginning in 1848


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Early 1900s Photos

Early auto travel and road modernizing


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Hiking Guide
Tips for navigating the old road and interesting spots along the way.

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Rainbow Bridge and Highway 40 construction plans and photos


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Old Maps and documents