The historical society logo which is on each page of this site is Rainbow Bridge on old Highway 40 on Donner Summit. The real name is the Donner Summit Bridge and it was completed in 1926. Its uniqueness comes from the fact that it was, at the time, built in a compound horizontal curve of 360 ft. with a 110 ft. open spandal arch. It was also the first bridge built with Federal Forest Highway Funds. The cost; $40,000.
The Logo was drawn by Nancy Oudegeest
They Came for the Same Reasons We Do
"The air has a fresh crispness about it that gives a new life to the visitor whether he has come from the fertile plains or the foggy city. And no wonder, for though this be called Summit Valley, there are seven thousand feet between you and sea level. Seven thousand feet nearer heaven and so much nearer purity. It is a relief to….look up to the stars, nowhere brighter than here, with only the dark pines closing in the distance… The air redolent with the perfume of fresh grass and wild flowers; and aromatic with pine needles. It is a physical pleasure to breathe, a 'delight to exist'… It is small wonder that a millionaire [Mark Hopkins]… should confess to be happier and healthier here than in the handsomest house on California Street. Nob Hill, to the sierras indeed."
California Spirit of the Times magazine June 13, 1885 pg 3-4
|Check This Out: Introduction to Summit Valley(PDF's) side one and side two|
|New brochures including "Historic Hikes on Donner Summit"|
|Lake Mary Dinner evening (August 18) to support the DSHS - see our events page|
|New 20 Mile Museum Signs Summit Hotel, Sheep shipping, Van Norden Dam, Native Americans,Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Rd., (in Summit Valleyalong the old Lincoln Hwy), McIver Dairy (in Truckee)|
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|The Heirloom for May, 2013:History Preserved Part III: Van Norden Dam (with a picture of the original 1870 dam); How Van Norden was named; Summit Valley Ice Co.; Ice Production Patent; Roller Pass, 1849; Then and Now; Fromthe Archives of the DSHS; New Bird Book; New Lake Van Norden Dam 20 Mile Museum Sign; new brochure; Margie Powell Memorial Hike (2nd annual see our events page); The Most Beautiful Sign Stands - 16 pages.|