Located on the California-Nevada border, and adjacent to Lake Tahoe, Truckee’s scenic mountain beauty is perfect for log home living and outdoor excitement all year round. A beautiful mountain community with a rich history and vibrant roster of activities, both full-time residents and vacationers are drawn here for many reasons. Truckee features everything from nature trails and campgrounds to picnic sites, and scenic lakes and ponds. Hikers and bikers of every level find no shortage of beautiful challenges. You can fish, swim, ski, snowboard, golf, boat, or just relax and enjoy the amazing scenery and relaxing scent of the pine trees. And when you want a bit more of a social scene, Truckee’s quaint downtown offers a wide variety of restaurants and shops, often operating out of authentic historic buildings.
Truckee was established during the Gold Rush era of the late 1800s. The town was named after a Paiute chief. The first Europeans who crossed the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling “Tro-kay!” which is Paiute for “Everything is all right.” The travelers assumed he was yelling his name.
Back then, Truckee was mainly populated by men working for the logging industry, and was an Old West town known for saloons and gunplay, wild living and harsh conditions. The Truckee-Donner Historical Society maintains a robust collections of research and stories of the history of the area, as well as maintaining historic sites such as the Joseph Research Cabin (the Gateway Cabin), the Old Jail Museum built in 1875, the Community Memorial Garden including the Memorial Arch behind the Old Jail Museum, the Donner Cross, and Schaffer Cemetery.
Truckee reportedly had one of the nation’s first mechanized ski lifts at the site of the Hilltop Lodge. Classic movies such as the Charlie Chaplin comedy “The Gold Rush, as well as current TV hits such as “Hell on Wheels,” have been filmed in Truckee.
Today, community events such as the Old Timers Picnic and Fourth of July parade are attended by locals and tourists who come to the area to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wide variety of activities.
America’s largest alpine lake, Lake Tahoe vibrant blue water surrounded by 70 miles of picturesque shoreline draws visitors from around the world. Also nearby is Donner Lake, which offers a public beach, and Donner Memorial State Park with campsites and trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Boca Dam and Reservoir features magnificent fishing, with rainbow, brook, and brown trout, plus Kokanee salmon.
Our favorite part of Truckee, of course, is the great variety of log homes in the area. The community is filled with beautiful log homes and friendly residents, some who live there year-round while others enjoy vacation homes as often as they can.
California has a lot of great communities filled with every shape, style and size of log homes. We’re lucky to have clients throughout the state who trust us for restoring, repairing and building the log homes and structures they love. From great lodges in the north to cozy weekend getaways in the south, we get to see it all. In addition to this article about Truckee, we’ve also shared insights into other log home-friendly communities including Mammoth, Pine Mountain Club & Frazier Park and Santa Cruz. Just click on their names to read more.
If you’re interested in learning more or investing in a log home in the Truckee area, visit the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce site where you can access the Truckee weekly, as well as visitor, business and relocation guides.
We hope this inspires you to visit this beautiful mountain community. If you decide to purchase a log home in the Truckee, California area, or already own one and would like an appraisal, tips for maintenance, or general advice for keeping your home in good condition, please call or email our California log home experts at 877-477-6564.