You can stand in one spot on Donner Summit and see the parade of history.
You can see the path of the Native Americans who left petroglyphs and grinding stones. You can see the trails of the wagon trains that brought the people who would transform and develop California. You can see the bed of the first transcontinental railroad that would bring more people and take California products to the rest of the nation. You can see the route of the Lincoln Highway which would enable tourism and further emigration. You can see Interstate 80, one of California's major arteries. Donner Summit is also the source of three California rivers: the American, Yuba, and Truckee and it's the Sierra Divide.
Arguably, Donner Summit and the pass across it is the most important square mile in California.
The Donner Pass Historical Rendezvous, August 13-14, will celebrate the most important square mile in California. Venues will be scattered all over the Summit where families can see and do. Some venues will be: wagon train re-enactment, old cars (Lincoln Highway and Highway 40 connection), sheepherder encampment and BBQ (Donner Summit was a major sheep shipping center in California), etc. There will be a crafts show and local organizations and businesses can set up booths. Families will enjoy the displays and activities. Businesses and other participating groups will get publicity, fun will be had, and the local economy will be helped.
The Donner Pass Historical Rendezvous will become an annual signature event.
Brochure outlining the Rendezvous: PDF file
Stay Tuned... This is exciting
The Donner Summit Historical Society is in the planning stages for
A signature Annual Event
Donner Pass Historical Rendezvous
August 13-14, 2011
.......Donner Summit Pioneer Awards
We're looking for volunteers to help carry this off. Contact email@example.com