Historic Donner Stock Trail - 2007 -

  • Published: January 2009
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 310
  • Size: 7x10
  • ISBN: 9781425139551
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This book presents the issues of a current (2007) conflict between a private property owner and public advocates who want to continue use of a blocked public trail. This is not a case of Eminent Domain where a government agency condemns private property for a public purpose. To the contrary, this case is about a private property owner blocking a public trail preventing hikers, joggers, equestrians, bicyclists and walkers from using the trail. When Highway 40, the Lincoln Highway, was completed the State of California relinquished the old Highway 37 to Nevada County. The old highway was designated as a "stock trail" because the State did not want to maintain highway 37 for vehicular traffic. The stock trail between Donner Lake and Donner Summit is a five mile trail of historical significance because the ill-fated Donner Party used a campsite at what is now called Donner Lake. The trail was blocked by 22 feet of snow during the winter of 1846 when the Donner party was striving to get to California.

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