Description: H.K. (Herman Kimball) Gage was a noted photographer in Truckee, California. He was born in Massachusetts and died in Truckee in July 1915. Gage also managed a saloon in Truckee from 1884 - 1886. Gage’s photographs helped to document the early years of Truckee’s history. Gage also owned considerable property in Berkeley, CA at the time of his death. He is well known for some of his stunning photography of Truckee in the early years, particularly 1870s through the early 1900s. Of particular note are his photographs of the Rocking Stone and bird’s eye views of Truckee.
Description: John L. Corbett (1918 - 1995) was a local photographer in Truckee in the 1960s - 1990s. Many of Corbett’s photos appeared in the local paper, Sierra Sun, under his column "John Corbett’s Historical Photo Album." Although many of the images are reprints from much older photographs, they represent times gone by. Corbett’s family donated over 10,000 negatives/images from his collection and TDHS is in the process of digitizing these images and making them available for viewing online. There are hundreds of images about Truckee's air shows throughout the years, Fourth of July parades, Donner Lake bathtub races, aerial flyovers of the greater Truckee area, unidentified construction sites downtown, unidentified people, and hundreds of additional images. We selected a representative sample of the various subject matters and areas.
Description: Photographs from Commercial Row mostly from the 1920s. Photos include dog sled races, movie film images, autos on Commercial Row, winter scenes, long skis downtown, horse teams and sleighs.
Description: Donation of Donner Party related items from family collection in the early 1960s. Slides, negatives, book, map, provenance history, photographs, and digital items. A selected number of images of Wagon Wheel and Tree Stump images will be uploaded. To examine the complete collection of about 140 images, please visit the Truckee-Donner Historical Society.
Additional images donated October 2021.
Name: Trains - Construction, Locomotives, Fire (TRR)
Acquisition date: March April 2009
Number of images: 348
Donated by: Various, including Englehart and Meiss
Description: These images include construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and of various train locomotives from about the 1890s-1910s and include locomotives from Central Pacific, locomotives passing Southern Pacific Hotel, train numbers 1088, 2337, 2816, 4020, 4026, 2047 cab forward, 4224, 4235 and many others. Includes images of railroad railway Construction, Snowsheds, Locomotives, Fire Trains, Depot, wrecks, derailments, clearing snow, plows, etc.
Description: These are images of the old Gateway Motel. One of the cottages in the motel units is now the Joseph Research Library. Most images are taken facing Gateway Motel from across Donner Pass Road. Several images are excellent pictures of the old Hooligan Rock.
Description: Most of these images are of the McGlashan Mansion, also known as the Crystal Palace, the Rocking Stone, the Rocking Stone Tower, also known as the Ice Cone, or Monster Icicle, McGlashans Law Office, Kaiser Street, MLUHS, Meadow Lake Union High School, Birdseye views of Truckee, the Richardson House, the Smith house, and Spring Street overview.
Description: The lumber-logging collection is created by numerous donors. Logging in the "old days" was a family business, and many photos taken to chronicle those special times. To this end, we are able to piece together what it was like to log with horses, oxen and steam.
Description: Donated to TDHS by James Tucker, Medford, Oregon in March 2019. The albums originally belonged to Retta Larkin Langehr (she is the Photographer/Owner/Compiler). She was married to a Fred Langehr (RR man). Mr. Tucker is related through his stepmother, Clara June Langehr who is their daughter. Select pictures of Truckee and Lake Tahoe only are included in our TDHS Image Collection, although there are other images of Sacramento, Rocklin, and Dunsmuir in the Tucker collection.
Description: Part I Aug. 14, 1918 Progress Report to the State Board of Health on the Feasibility of a Clean-Up of the Truckee River. The report is in 3 Parts. Part II is the Report on the Pollution of the Truckee River by the Mills of the Crown Willamette Paper Co. at Floriston, Cal.
This report was also made available by Tom Macaulay, probably back in 2012, but his copy of the report is extremely difficult to read. The copy provided by TSD is much better. By Frank Bachmann, Chief Chemist, Bureau of Sanitary Engineering, March 4, 1918. Part III are the photographs and map.
Type: Unidentified or unknown individuals in photographs
Description: We have many images of people that are unidentified, unknown, or we just don't know who they are. If you can identify an of the images in this new collection, Genealogy (GEN), please email us at email@example.com . Many of the images were taken by H.K. Gage Photography Studios, presumably in Truckee.
Description: Alfred A. Hart photographs, 1862-1869. Alfred A. Hart (1816-1908) was the 19th-century official American photographer for the Central Pacific Railroad of the western half of the first transcontinental railroad. Hart took 364 historic stereographs of the railroad construction in the 1860s. We present 82 images that are of general interest in the surrounding areas, including selected tunnels.
The Stanford Digital Assets collection shows the photographic series documenting construction of the Central Pacific Railroad, 1866-1869, presented both as an album and stereographs. These photos are reduced sizes from the original photographs. These photos are in the public domain. For additional information about Hart images, the tunnels, stations, and other geographic features, see link. George L. Vose's 1873 Manual for Railroad Engineers contained an excellent "Contour Map" which is also available at this link.