To learn about the history of Donner Summit, visit the Donner Summit Historical Society website and subscribe to their excellent Heirloom Newsletter. 

Other resources include the Donner Summit Association's History page, the Donner Party Museum and the Kingvale.info history page 


c. 1866 - Early maps at the Big Bend Ranger Station show Kingvale as the location of the Jones Hotel, a stage stop along the old Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road

1867 - According to King/Brennan family history, Kingvale was part of a homestead grant dating back to 1867 and used as a stopping over place for driving cattle or sheep from the Auburn area to graze in summer near Devil's peak 

late 1920s through 1930s - first cabins built 

1931 - Kingvale Subdivision 1 recorded with Nevada County

1937 - Kingvale Subdivsion 2 recorded with Nevada County

1957 - The Kingvale Water Users Association established

1960 - Kingvale Property Owners and Water Users, Inc. incorporated in California