Echoes of the Old West in Truckee

posted by Sharon April 1, 2018 32 Comments
Truckee

The mountain town of Truckee lies just north of Lake Tahoe in California, on a line between Sacramento and Reno. Take a stroll through the old downtown and you will hear echoes of the raucous Old West in these streets. Truckee

TruckeeFounded as a way station in the 1800s, the present day version of Truckee dates from the arrival of Central Railroad in the 1860s. Once the town became a stop on the Intercontinental Railroad, growth boomed. We can read about those times in diaries and books. Here’s one of my favorite descriptions, from the Truckee Historical Society:

“The town had begun to acquire its peculiar character, compounded of an intense respectability, a taste for the more expensive refinements of life, such as good cigars, good champagne, and good oysters, a sportive flair, expressed in heroic poker parties, and an easy tolerance of one of the most raffish underworlds of the West.” Truckee

Truckee is just a few miles from Donner Lake, named for the infamous Donner party that spent a horrible winter stuck outside of Truckee. The area today is a fine place to hike, with a small museum as the only nod to this tragic time.

The train still chugs through Truckee, and the station still sells tickets and greets arriving passengers. The station displays some of the early train memorabilia, such as the large scale. Truckee

 

TruckeeTruckeeTruckeeEarly Truckee, known as Coburn’s Station, tended to lean to the salon and wild west style of life. Eventually, Truckee settled down and schools and churches popped up. A lumber mill in the late 1800s helped keep Truckee prosperous and is still there today. An ice company also did a brisk business here.

Fire after fire plagued Truckee, so most buildings that exist today are apparently only around a hundred or so years old. The hotel and some of the shops on main street are obviously at least that old. TruckeeTruckeeTruckee

 

Residents make sure the downtown is attractive, with bright barrels of flowers lining the main street. Truckee

TruckeeTruckeeTruckeeMy favorite shop when we visited last spring was Word after Word, a new bookstore that beckons visitors to come in and enjoy the written word. Truckee

 

TruckeeTruckeeAn art store, with all its colors, was another fun place to explore. Residents of Truckee can take classes here and learn to express themselves creatively as well as meet their neighbors. Truckee

 

And this gas station is awesome. Truckee

Truckee has grown through the decades, and many new housing developments and business have fanned out from the quaint downtown. If you visit, though, you will want to head straight to the middle of historical Truckee. Sit down for lunch in an old café or relax on a bench and sip your coffee. Let your imagination run wild, back to the early days of the town. You will surely hear echoes of the days of gunslingers, mountain men, muddy streets, horses and buggies – all the grit and romance of the Old West. TruckeeTruckee

 

Truckee For more info about Truckee, check out the Historical Society’s web site.

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32 Comments

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Villroses hage April 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

The wild west is rather lush these days…

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 1, 2018 at 6:58 pm

So fun! Looks like it was a gorgeous day, too!

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debbie April 1, 2018 at 10:14 pm

I visited Truckee in the late 1980s. The main thing I remember is a very tasty beer!

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tomthebackroadstraveller April 2, 2018 at 10:53 am

…a great place frozen in time!

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Buckeroomama April 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm

What a throwback… and pretty town!

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Carol April 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm

What a cool place to explore!

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Fun60 April 2, 2018 at 8:39 pm

I wonder what an ‘heroic poker party’ would be like. Looks a great place for a visit.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup April 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm

I wonder how Truckee got its name?
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Kay L. Davies April 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm

A place on my bucket list, and probably doomed to stay there, so I’m very glad you posted these wonderful photos of old Truckee.
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Lady Fi April 3, 2018 at 4:53 am

What a delightful place!

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sami April 3, 2018 at 8:16 am

A lovely place to visit. Thanks for the “cup of coffee” mural.

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Photo Cache April 3, 2018 at 7:15 pm

Truckee is a neat little town isn’t it, full of charm and awesome sceneries.

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jesh StG April 4, 2018 at 12:54 am

How did you get to Truckee?? – it’s about 3 hrs. from us, but didn’t know it was this well known! Looks like a fun town. Thank you Sharon for sharing this wild west town with All Seasons! Have a great week!

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Margy April 4, 2018 at 4:04 am

We used to go there once in a while when I was a kid because my grandparents lived in the central valley near Modesto, California. – Margy

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Angie April 5, 2018 at 6:50 pm

This is just the sort of place I like to visit … your descriptions remind me of our town – at the beginning, there were more saloons than anything else! Your photos document well the town and its history …

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California Globetrotter April 5, 2018 at 6:50 pm

I grew up often going to Truckee because my step-family has a cabin up there, but sadly I never saw this old town! We usually just went up to get away from the city and play in the snow! Clearly I need to go back! #FarawayFiles

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels April 6, 2018 at 1:42 am

I love the ‘old west’ feel of this place! I would happily browse for a while in that bookstore as well!

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World April 6, 2018 at 8:32 am

Tahoe is such a beautiful area and I love the charm and unique character of Truckee. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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Janis April 6, 2018 at 12:08 pm

I really enjoy visiting places like this, it feels like you have stepped back in time. I’m hoping to head back to the West Coast in the next few years, so I’ll add Truckee to the list. Thanks for sharing #farawayfiles

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Ruth | Tanama Tales April 7, 2018 at 2:24 am

Whoaaaa! I love, love this town! As you may know, I visite Tahoe for the first time last year. We didn’t have time for much so, we couldn’t make it to Truckee. I know I need to go back and explore more of the area. I know there are several cute an charming towns on the western part of the Sierra. Really want to stop by those! #feetdotravel

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Jill April 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Truckee came highly recommended on our trip to Lake Tahoe. We only spent an afternoon here but I’m glad we made it. I’d love to go back in summer and tube the river. A very cool old west town!

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Kelleyn Rothaermel April 7, 2018 at 9:29 pm

We lived in Tahoo for 4 years when I was younger! We used to play in the Truckee all the time!

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) April 8, 2018 at 3:42 am

Truckee is always fun to explore! We love strolling through historic old towns, especially in such pretty parts of the country. Thanks for sharing!

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Lisa April 8, 2018 at 8:16 am

OMG – I immediately have to add this to my bucket list!!! I’m in love with everything country and ‘old west’ so that sound s & looks like the perfect place to be for me! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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Shona April 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

What a cool town. I do love the gunslingin’ wild west feel of it and although it’s a shame the original buildings went up in smoke, the replacements carry an original feel. I must try to get to Truckee one day. 🙂

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a spirit of simplicity April 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

What a great place! My grandson would love it there. He loves trains.

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ANda April 9, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Truckee is a very nice town. It’s been a while since I’ve been there, but I can still remember some of the places I see in your pictures. I love strolling through historic old towns. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Katy April 9, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Oh I do love a bit of retro Americana – that gas station is a dream! I’m sure it is mobbed by Instagrammers every day. I’d love to pay a visit to Truckee one day #farawayfiles

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) April 13, 2018 at 1:01 am

This town would be perfect for me, I love places like this! A step back in time but with beautiful colour flowers, perfect. Thanks for sharing this little gem. #feetdotravel

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Yogi April 14, 2018 at 3:28 am

Wow, if nothing else, a photographer’s paradise. I love old west kind of stuff and this is it on steroids.

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Kate and Kris April 15, 2018 at 11:19 am

How awesome! I’ve just read Ruth’s post about another interesting looking American town. There are such diverse places! Love it.

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sallie rainville April 17, 2018 at 12:37 am

I can’t decide which I like better: your posts about places we’ve been or about places we’ve dreamed of going or about places I’ve barely even heard of!!! Truckee definitely fits in the first category and I agree it is a fun and different place to visit — a real taste of the old west.

It would be interesting to me to know the dates when you visit the places you blog about. I know you probably don’t go from somewhere in Europe to Truckee in the same week, but your posts don’t seem to follow any kind of chronological order. Or am I missing something?

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