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 images from his collection and TDHS is in the process of digitizing these images and making them available for viewing online.
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.
Name: Trains - Construction, Locomotives, Fire (TRR)
Acquisition date: March April 2009
Number of images: 179
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, 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.
Truckee-Donner Historical Society thanks these generous donors.