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McIver Dairy

Historic Site or District
I – Eric Swenson

The historic McIver Dairy site is located in the meadow beyond the I-80 overpass at the west end of the Town of Truckee. There are three buildings in the area, all one story, wood framed structures. The site is an excellent destination for history lovers.

As you stand in the meadow near the structures, you can't help but imagine how the area appeared when the dairy was fully functional. The buildings are no longer accessible, but If you get close enough you can peek in one of the windows and imagine how the facility was once used. The structure retains integrity of location, setting, design, materials, and workmanship for its old age.


Born in Floriston in 1894, James McIver lived in Truckee for most of his life. He worked as a teamster, a blacksmith and owned the McIver Garage. He served as a sergeant in World War I and was active in community affairs, including chairman of the board of directors of the Truckee Sanitary District. He founded McIver Dairy, and owned and operated the dairy farm with the assistance of his family.

This region in the Sierra Nevada was supposedly a dairyman's heaven. There were suspected to be about 15-20 dairy farms in the general Truckee area, which yielded quantities of about 60,000 pounds of premium butter. Only two of those dairies are alluded to when discussing historic Truckee, the McIver Dairy being one of them.


No longer in operation.

Seasons Open

No longer in operation.

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