Crossings East

Donner Summit 1864

The Washoe People called the lake at her base Datsa’ shut. 

She was named for Anglo settlers who perished there twenty years before.

Theodore Judah, surveyor for the Transcontinental Railroad, magnetized the mountain, drawing young men from various regions of the world.

Travelers made the long, perilous journey not to bask in her splendor, but to conquer her for commerce.