You’ve heard of petroglyphs.
How about arborglyphs?
And, did you know we live in an area rich in this fascinating art form?
Especially on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.
From a speakeasy pub-crawl to pancakes on Commons Beach, to dinner with Mark Twain on the Tahoe Gal paddleboat, there’s something for everyone during Tahoe City’s 150 Anniversary Weekend, along with the 100th anniversary of Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam where the iconic Fanny Bridge is located.
Throughout the entire Labor Day weekend there will be local docents in historical period costumes, historic bicycles and automobiles, a Historical Treasure Hunt for the kids, passports with activity listings and prizes for adults. read more →
Echo Lakes are a glacially formed pair of lakes, cradled in a serene granite setting 10 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe virtually hidden at 7,252′.
Upper and Lower Echo Lakes are connected by a narrow channel which is passable by boat only during high-water conditions which can cut down your hiking time into Desolation Wilderness along the joint Tahoe Rim Trail/Pacific Crest Trail.
To keep the waters pristine, you must be a Tahoe Keeper if you plan to paddle or boat on the lake. Clean, Drain, and Dry to prevent aquatic invasive species.
On August 24th and 25th, the Lake Tahoe Historical Society will help the Celio family celebrate their 150th anniversary in Lake Valley at the family ranch. It’s a rare opportunity to tour the ranch, enjoy a chuck-wagon dinner and hear the marvelous stories of the largest ranch and businesses of the family.
In the 30′s, they owned the town of Meyers. They owned lumber mills, beef cattle, dairy cows (milked by hand twice a day), a cooperage, livery, hotel, restaurant, store and more. read more →
The pirates and wishing well at this little shop located on the main drag of Kings Beach are just a hint of the curios and history contained within.
As You Wish is the original Lake Tahoe Photo Shop and Curio Shop built by North Shore photographer, Fritz A. Lentz (1884-1961).
Can you help verify the date of its construction?
Rubicon Point Lighthouse.
Elevation 6,580 ft.
It’s not easy to spot, especially since it has been out of commission for over 80 years, and it doesn’t look like a lighthouse.
But, it’s well worth the short hike in D.L. Bliss State Park on the west shore to see this historic piece of Tahoe’s early mariner days.
The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will host its annual “Gathering at the Gatekeeper’s” fundraiser on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 4 P.M.- 8 P.M.
The dinner and auction will take place in Layton Park, just steps away from the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City. All proceeds from the event will go toward the ongoing operation of Watson Cabin and The Gatekeeper’s Museums and their culturally and historically rich events. read more →
“Q” is the nickname of this 1921 classic yacht on display at the Tallac Historic Site. Was she called the “Q” because her name was hard to pronounce, or because it was used by the US Navy in top-secret operations on Lake Tahoe during WWII?
Find out and learn more about the restoration of the Quic chakidn at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.
The Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, will pass through South Lake Tahoe in front of Harrah’s at Friday’s Station to exchange the Mochila on Wednesday, June 26th at 11 a.m.
Since the time may vary based on the full moon, riders and horses, click here for updates.
The annual re-ride is a 10-day, 24-hour per day, non-stop event with 500 riders and horses riding the 1,966 mile route. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation, even surpassing the famed Iditarod. read more →
The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will be conducting free Historic Walking Tours of Tahoe City during the summer.
You’ll learn about the significance of our historic landmarks like Watson Cabin located smack dab in the middle of Tahoe City, above Commons Beach.
It is home to more than 800 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from over 90 tribes nationwide.
How appropriate for this Lake Tahoe landmark that sits on the site of a known Washoe Indian campsite. The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum at the Gatekeeper’s Museum.
Straddling Angora Ridge road above Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe sits the Angora Fire Lookout.
The original Angora Fire Lookout was built in 1924, and was later converted into a small residence. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the current lookout structure. The garage next to the road was built sometime during the 1940s.
Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?
There’s nothing to see – right?
Hidden from view across from Sugar Pine Point State Park, Ehrman Mansion is an isolated architectural treasure. read more →
It was Heavenly’s first alpine ski racing club dating back to 1957.
Today, it’s been reincarnated as the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation. The Blue Angels Ski Club.
Without a doubt, she was Tahoe’s greatest artisan. Dat So La Lee is considered one of the greatest basket weavers and designers among the Washoe people.
A fine collection of Dat So La Lee’s work and 900 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from more than 85 tribes nationwide are on display at the Marion Steinbach Indian Museum located inside the Gatekeeper’s Museum.
The Donner Party was no party at all.
Granlibakken Resort, on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, was once called Olympic Hill, and is known as Lake Tahoe’s oldest ski resort dating back to circa 1922.
Its story is one of historic luster and charm that defines Lake Tahoe’s enduring ski culture, told best by local historian and renowned journalist Robert Frohlich in “Skiing at Olympic Hill: The Story of “a hillside sheltered by fir trees” which follows. read more →
His charming depictions of outdoor activities and use of striking, bold colors will make you fall in love with his vintage Tahoe posters.
Meet Paul Bailey, watercolor painter and designer.
It’s been in the works for years although Truckee’s rich railroad history started making its indelible mark on the development of the mountain town in 1867.
Located next to Boreal ski resort is a treasure trove of California ski history.
It’s the Western SkiSport Museum.
He is considered the father of California skiing. A true mountaineer in every sense of the word.
Snowshoe Thompson weathered blizzards on 25 lb. skis with an 80 pound pack on his back just to deliver the mail.
While many call it Emigrant Peak, it’s actually named after Melissa Coray, a Mormon pioneer woman who walked over 2,000 miles to the west.
Hidden by an old growth forest is South Shore’s cultural treasure.
Combined with the annual Valhalla Arts, Music, and Theatre Festival, the Tallac Historic Site has provided us a place to be, and to enjoy the arts and our cultural heritage in an unspoiled natural setting.
You don’t have to travel far to learn about the natural history of Tahoe City.
Just head to the “Y” and follow these quick tours, provided by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
Don’t forget to get a taste of our local culture at The Bridgetender. Get the cross-cut fries.
“Curative” mineral spring water was discovered here in 1863.
Glen Alpine Springs, just a short easy jaunt from South Lake Tahoe.
Most people just stumble upon this historic site on their way into Desolation Wilderness via the Lily Lake entrance. But there’s more to it, located just off the beaten path.
It is the last surviving fire lookout in Nevada, and one of three in the Tahoe basin.
The Zephyr Cove Fire Lookout has been meticulously maintained and restored for the last dozen years by its current local landowner.
While the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.
Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. read more →
Here, the Washoe fished and gathered berries.
The Lam Watah Washoe Heritage Site is a small archaeological site in South Lake Tahoe managed by the US Forest Service that is open to the public.
Learn about the Evolution of Tahoe Travel with renowned U.S. Forest Service historian and recreation officer, Don Lane, as he walks us through the varying ways of past travel to and within Lake Tahoe.
Tahoe’s casinos date back to the 1920′s when Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin built the “Greatest Casino in America”.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum invites you to share your passion for preserving our maritime history and Tahoe’s unique cultural heritage.
Besides maritime history and activities for kids like the inside boat simulator, you’ll find nautical and landlubber outings and unique items here, on the west shore of Lake Tahoe at Homewood.
This place is a treasure trove of Tahoe’s cultural heritage.
In addition to the largest collection of Washoe Indian baskets in the west, the Gatekeeper’s and Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum Store carries several historical books written by local authors.
Lake Tahoe’s casinos date back to the 1920’s when Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin built the “Greatest Casino in America”. But, Lucky’s casino was built on the California Side at the Tallac Resort in South Lake Tahoe which was a popular hangout for the nouveau rich from San Francisco, Sacramento and Virginia City.
You can still see the concrete foundation today.
On Thursday, February 18, 1960, under storm-threatening skies, the greatest winter athletes in the world gathered in Squaw Valley.
It was the beginning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games and many notable events and achievements like Carol Heiss pictured here who won a Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of SnowFest! North Lake Tahoe’s annual winter festival, the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City is having a SnowFest! mini-exhibit, featuring memorabilia from SnowFest celebrations from the late 1980s and 1990s through March.
The exhibit features buttons, hats, scrapbooks and other artifacts that are sure to bring back wonderful memories for many attendees of SnowFest’s past.
The oldest standing structure at Lake Tahoe, the Osgood Toll House, is 151 years old.
Today, Nehemiah Osgood’s Toll House rests at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum in South Shore.
Did you know it played a significant role in the Comstock Lode?
The Thunderbird Lodge.
Built in 1939, this magnificent estate was designed to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. And, that’s not all.
Don’t miss the Open House on May 16, 2009.
Is Tahoe Paradise a state of mind or an actual location?
Join the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society for a week-long celebration of Lake Tahoe’s history featuring demonstrations by members of the Washoe, archeology, and an old time picnic and movie in the park.
Relive Tahoe’s charming past with local historians and guides, August 9 through 15, 2010, in North Lake Tahoe.
To kick off the week, admission to the Gatekeeper’s Museum is free on Monday, August 9. read more →
The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society (NLTHS) is producing its first-ever historical recipe cookbook, and the anecdotes surrounding them.
Culinary contributors are needed for “The Edible History of Tahoe” by September 30, 2009.
That lone cabin smack dab in the middle of Tahoe City overlooking Common’s Beach is turning 100 years old this year.
North Shore is holding a series of events to celebrate this Tahoe gem.
Learn more about our nautical history over breakfast at the Tahoe Maritime Museum on June 24th.
The Unveiling of Whiskey, a 1935 Gar Wood will be presented.
Hard to believe, but it’s true.
The legendary Tahoe Queen has been cruising Lake Tahoe for over 25 years.
Tahoe’s stunning boating heritage will be captured on US Postal Service collector stamps.