Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pollard's Station: Donner Lake's first resort by Gordon Richards

"Pollard's Station: Donner Lake's first resort" by Gordon Richards, president and research historian for the Truckee Donner Historical Society, © Sierra Sun, November 17, 2005. (News Article)

" ... Dr. Daniel Strong of Dutch Flat ... claimed 350 acres at the west end of Donner Lake with the completion of the wagon road in 1864, calling it Strong's Ranch. ... he leased his property to Joseph Delos Pollard ... By September 1864, Pollard was erecting a large building, part of which was being used as a hotel. ... Pollard's Station was a stage transfer point where travelers would change coaches, grab a quick meal, and roll on with fresh horses and a new driver. ... 1867 ... That summer the Central Pacific was constructing the tunnels on the summit, and the workers flocked to Donner Lake on their rare days off. ... " [More]

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