This 17-ton geological anomaly was considered sacred by the Washoe people.
C.F. McGlashan built the original tower in 1895 and used it to display Donner Party relics and his famous butterfly collection. It was also the site of an overnight stop of the Olympic Torch Relay during the winter of 1960.
The Stone takes only a few minutes to see and is free. From the memorial you have an excellent aerial panorama of Old Downtown Truckee.
This is a huge granite boulder perched on top of an enormous granite rock. The boulder is about 6ft in diameter. At one time, you could push it with 1 finger and it would rock back and forth. It has been cemented in place, probably for safety reasons. It perches upon a granite boulder that must be 15-18ft high. You need stairs to climb up to the top. Not sure if it a glacial erratic or an indian ceremonial spot. Its been there a very long time. Worth a 5 minute visit if you are in Truckee. It's on Kaiser avenue up High st from downtown to the north. its next to a large quonset hut style building.
Visited May 2016
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