About Truckee, CA

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       TOWN OF TRUCKEE, CA 96161

Town in California
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. The population was 16,180 at the 2010 census, up from 13,864 at the 2000 census. Wikipedia
Elevation: 5,817′
Area: 33.65 mi²
Weather: 33°F (1°C), Wind N at 3 mph (5 km/h), 92% Humidity
Hotels: 3-star averaging $180. View hotels
Population: 16,165 (2013)
Area code: 530
Number of airports: 1
Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first people who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling "Tro-kay!", which is Paiute for "hello". The settlers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Fremont.

The town of Truckee makes perfect sense. It arose where it is to meet the needs of people on the move and it still fulfills that role today.

The Truckee Basin is perfectly situated to rest and provision travelers before they head over the mountains or for them to recuperate after completing the journey from the west. Truckee has always had a great source of water as the Truckee River is Lake Tahoe’s only outlet. So development along this pretty stretch of river, adjacent to the trail that goes over what is now called Donner Summit was inevitable. I like to think that Truckee is to the Sierra Nevadas what Kathmandu is to the Himalayas, only without quite as many amazing wall carvings and about 984,000 fewer people. Naturally adventurers these days aren’t as worn out as those who traveled through here during the 1880s, which is where Truckee’s current recreation culture and nightlife come in. It is one lively town by heritage, as Truckee’s history has always had a lively and raucous nature. And that makes for one of those great California settlement stories.

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