Old Truckee Jail Museum


The Old Truckee Jail Museum is one of the only surviving jailhouses of its kind in the western portion of the United States and is one of the few remaining buildings left in the town of Truckee. The Truckee-Donner Historical Society offers an interesting tour that is open to the public and has a wide variety of local historical artifacts and photographs on display at the museum.

The Jail Museum is open each weekend from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm all summer, through Labor Day. Visitors can stop by the museum and witness what the old west was really like in its day. On display are relics from other important industries including lumbering, box manufacturing and ice harvesting. Other exhibits pay tribute to the film industry, which thrived in Truckee during the 1920's along with gambling and bootlegging. Also exhibited are artifacts from the Truckee's early winter sports era, including early skiing equipment and many historical photographs.

The Old Jail museum situated in the region of Truckee's historic district and should not be missed by anyone with a love of history. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the recently dedicated memorial garden behind the jail. The always friendly and often entertaining volunteer docents are on staff to answer questions.

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