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Truckee, a quaint town of about 16,000 people, is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, just west of the Nevada state line.
Donner Lake is within the town limits, and Donner Pass over the summit of the Sierra Nevada is just west of town. Interstate 80, the major east-west trans-Sierra all-weather highway, passes through the town on its way between California and Nevada.
Fun Fact: The Charlie Chaplin comedy "The Gold Rush" was filmed entirely in Truckee.