Advanced Early Travel Over Yuba River

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 05, 2021 / comments

[Kirk Callan Smith, 3/5/21] 

Looks like it was a challenge to go over Donner Summit 110 years ago.
This is one of two photos at a local repair shop and when asked if he had more information about them he said, 

"just what’s on the photo, 'Crossing the Yuba River on Donner Summit June 4, 1911'”, and added.  

"Thought they were nice pictures."   

Agreed, Kirk.


Trey Pitsenberger:

"This spot on the Yuba River is across from the Rainbow Lodge on Hampshire Rocks Road ... this photo predates the Lincoln Highway, which operated between 1913 and 1927."


Kirk Callan Smith"

"As I recall the Lincoln Highway was built just over a century ago with two routes over the Sierra's, the one we've used that follows the outline of HW50 and the other that went over Donner Summit. Having multiple or alternative routes was a way to resolve concerns some communities had about not being left out along the way in connecting the West and East Coasts."