Thursday, January 05, 2012

Emigrant Gap Hotel/Allen Hotel/Woodmen Lodge/Bright Lodge

From: "Carol Guida"

My husband and I recently purchased the Emigrant Gap Hotel – Annex as our family lodge. Since we purchased the property from the bank we are still trying to piece it's history together. We have been in contact with a friend of Leona Bright (an owner from the 60's we believe) and have a bit of the history.

What we are trying to find out is – was our site (not our annex of course since it was built in the early 1900's) on the Dutch Flat/Donner Lake Wagon Road? And - if so, should we be able to locate some kind of marker? Emigrant Gap has been changed so many times - the railroad, highway 40, highway 80 – there is little left here.

If you can help us find out if we were on the wagon road and how to look for signs of it - that would be great. Also – we have only been able to locate a very few historic photos of our town. If you can refer us to someplace to look for more – that would be great. ...

—Carol Guida


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See the third map image of this 1866 map.

1/05/2012 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I looked at that earlier tonight and assumed we were close.

1/05/2012 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


For photos, I'd suggest the California Room at the State Library in Sacramento, and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

—John Snyder, White Ensign Models
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1/06/2012 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Snyder's suggestion to look for photo's in the online photo catalog of the California State Library is very good information. The second image listed under Emigrant Gap is a shot of the hotel in question.

[Unfortunately the California State Library is using links that are only valid during the session (a poor website design), so we can't provide a link.]

1/18/2012 2:22 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Go to
click on "Pictorial resources"
click on "Picture Catalog"
search for "Emigrant Gap"
click on "Emigrant Gap # 333 [graphic]."
click on the small picture

1/18/2012 2:30 PM  

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