Since very early on, railroads have played a major part in the development of Truckee. America’s first transcontinental railroad – completed on May 10, 1869, established an important train yard in Downtown Truckee. Logging railroads connected this vital artery with the nearby lumber mills and forests to provide much needed lumber to a growing country. As tourism grew, a tourist railroad linked Truckee to the shore of Lake Tahoe, connecting the country to one of our most beautiful resources.
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