Coming Soon to Auburn, California

Western States Trail Museum

Help us open our doors! 

Nisenan woman
Gold miner in river Historic Western States Trail
James Wills Homestead Byrds Valley
Cougar Rock with Horseback rider
Western States Trail Marker Sign
Briner Lukens Watson Robie Patrick Monument
GORDY AINSLEIGH The Way it All Began
6 riders and runners on Western States Trail

From Vision to Reality…

Museum Features

  • Permanent and rotating exhibits (historic & contemporary)
  • Media presentations
  • Repository for trail-related memorabilia
  • Interactive displays
  • Educational programs
  • Special events
  • Docent programs
  • Memberships
  • Donations welcome!
The Western States Trail, from Carson City, Nevada to Sacramento, California remains one of only a few remaining trail routes from the eastern side of the Sierra through the foothills to the west that is largely untouched by development. Some parts are still much like what the early-day users would have known.
Our primary goal is to establish a museum that provides educational and historical exhibits and literary archives about the Western State Trail’s once-populated towns, mining camps, and trail-side locations of historic importance.
Indigenous person with large bowl and fire

Join our Cause

Get involved!

Volunteer, join our board meetings, or sign up for our mailing list to become involved with the Western States Trail Museum.

We need funding and local support to reach our immediate goals, secure our building, and open our doors. Please reach out to us today!

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(530) 906-4674


1103 High Street, Suite 300
Auburn, CA 95603

PO Box:
P.O. Box 7715
Auburn, CA 95604

Western States Trail Museum


Coming soon to Auburn!

Help us open the perfect site for the museum!

Tax ID Number: 84-2505061