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Historical Society examines tow truck drivers and Donner Pass

The Nevada County Historical Society’s ‘Speaker Night’ presentation on Feb, 21 will feature the documentary, “Hell on the Highway,” a National Geographic film regarding the lives and hazards of being a tow truck operator on the interstate.

In addition, Chaun Owens-Mortier, a research historian and president of the Truckee Donner Historical Society, will share her research via discussion and slide show. Her presentation will center on the history of the use of Donner Pass from the original route to the creation and use of I-80.

This research was a basis for the historical perspective of travel hazards over Donner Pass. Living in Truckee since 1977, Chaun was contacted by America’s Star Media in May of 2012 to do the historical research for the upcoming film on the hazards of the tow company business along the I-80 corridor between Colfax and Truckee.

With her working knowledge of the tow business from the law enforcement side and her historical knowledge, a strong base of history was provided for this documentary.

The one-hour presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. It is open to the public; admission is free Refreshments are provided.

For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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