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There are two ways of searching for images in the collection, Quick Search and Advanced Search. Quick Search allows you to look for words or phrases in any part of the data associated with the images. If you want to search for records with two words or phrases enter the second word or phrase in the second box. Be aware that entering common words such as Truckee, Hobart, logging will result in a large number of images being retrieved. We suggest you make your first query broad enough to retrieve some images, and then revise your search as specific as possible. For example, only searching using the term Hobart will retrieve all images from the Hobart Mills Collection (over 300 images) as well as any other images that may mention Hobart. A focussed query of mill (in the first box) and logging (in the second box) will retrieve fewer images. If you are having problems finding an image contact Heidi Sproat at hsproat@truckeehistory.org .

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Many of the photographs in this database are not owned by the Truckee-Donner Historical Society; rather they are privately owned. Occasionally, permission to display photographs is withdrawn and the images are taken out of the database. While images are rendered generally less than 500 KB for quick viewing, they provide a visual connection to the requested search. Using any image in the public domain requires written permission from TDHS. For higher resolution photo use, please contact info@truckeehistory.org.


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Recent Updates

May 2019: To commemorate Truckee’s train history and the ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations, we have added another 80 images about trains including construction of the railway, locomotives, fire trains, snow sheds, roundhouses and rail yards, and the train depot. We also added 13 Gateway Motel and Hooligan Rock images and 62 High Street images, many which include the McGlashan Mansion and Rocking Stone Tower.

April 2019: 80 images from the Ice Palace collection includes both the First Ice Palace downtown Truckee and the Second Ice Palace, Toboggan Lift and runs in the Hilltop area. Also added were 70 images showcasing various stages of the Ice Industry and production in Truckee and Boca areas. 90 some images were also added of various trains - construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, Locomotives, Fire Trains, Depot, etc.. More are being added daily.

December 2018: 43 images from Commercial Row added. 28 images from the Johan Hultin collection were added.

November 2018: 22 images from Commercial Row added.

October 2018: 3 images from Commercial row added.

August 2018: 22 images from Commercial Row added.

July 2018: 17 images from Commercial Row added.

May 2018: 19 images from Front Street were added. 11 images from Commercial Row were added.

April 2018: 81 images from Front Street were added.

February 2018: 5 H.K. Gage images added. 10 images from the John Corbett Collection were added. 22 images from the Front Street collection were added.

January 2018: 80 images from Herman Kimball (H.K.) Gage collection added. These were recently discovered at the Truckee Library and were donated to the Truckee-Donner Historical Society in September 2017.

November 2017: 159 images from Hobart Mills Collection added.

October 2017: 64 images from Hobart Mills Collection added.

September 2017: 53 images from Hobart Mills Collection added.

August 2017: 30 images from Hobart Mills Collection added.

July 2017: initiated system construction.

Please contact Heidi Sproat at hsproat@truckeehistory.org with any corrections, questions, and/or comments.