In a recent post, I described the Twenty-Mile Museum – the interpretive signs that line the historic route of U.S. 40 over Donner Summit – placed by the Donner Summit Historical Society. Next spring, a sign for George R. Stewart will join the Twenty-Mile Museum.
Looking over the various pages on the Historical Society’s website, a few weeks ago, I found a link to their Newsletters. Since there was none with an article about GRS, I contacted the Editor, Bill Oudegeest,to volunteer to write one.
After receiving the first draft, Bill suggested the Society would be interested in placing a GRS interpretive sign along the old highway, if financial sponsorship and help with the sign’s research and writing were available. I sent in some photos and text, posted a message to the GRS group, and soon the design was underway, the cost fully sponsored. Thanks to Brian and Beth, Steve and Carol, Bob and Sandra, Paul F., Denise and Barney, John and Angela, Willie, Joyce, and Alan, the sign will be installed next spring. Caltrans has approved the sign’s location; Bill has done a fine layout. The sign will be installed very near the Historic U.S. 40 access point for the Pacific Crest Trail – which is also the closest access to George R. Stewart Peak. This means that hundreds of hikers on the PCT, day hikers in the Donner Summit area, drivers sauntering over Historic U.S. 40 (the subject of a legendary book by GRS), or anyone who visits the Society’s small museum in Soda Springs will learn about George R. Stewart and his remarkable books. Hopefully, many of those people will take the short side-trail and scramble to the top of George R. Stewart Peak (named in honor of GRS by the Board of Geographic Names). The round trip from Historic U.S. 40 is only about 3 miles.
Those interested in George R. Stewart and the Donner Summit area owe thanks to all those involved in this successful project. The Donner Summit Historical Society is always looking for members; one way to show your thanks is to join!
Below is the current draft of the GRS Interpretive Sign. It will be placed next spring, after the old road reopens. Some of us are already dreaming about a dedication celebration. Stay tuned.