Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Galena Creek Living History Day Aug 11

Posted on August 2, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Did you know that the historic town of Galena was once a bustling town, complete with a general store, bakery, school, sawmills and of course, saloons? In 1860, Andrew J. and R.S. Hatch staked a mining claim in the area, which soon proved to be a bust. They turned to lumber, attracting at one time over 300 residents to the town. At its height, Galena boasted over a dozen sawmills.  How did Galena impact Lake Tahoe? Find out on August 11.

Join your neighbors to celebrate the rich heritage of Galena with a day of crafts, activities, and guided hikes for the entire family during Galena Creek Living History Day takes place Saturday August 11 from 11am to 4pm, at the Galena Creek Visitor Center located at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway.

Some of the family events include:

· Pioneer-style crafts and games;

· Period music;

· Pony Rides;

· Guided hikes about natural and cultural history;

· History exhibit in the Visitor Center;

· Immersion activities including butter-churning, clothes-washing, and playing card games in a saloon!

From playing card games in the “saloon”, to churning butter, you will be immersed in old-time Galena. Everyone is encouraged to get in the mood and dress up in 1860s period attire. Kids who come in costume receive a special prize!

Enter park through the new north entrance at Galena Creek Recreation Area and park in any of the three parking lots.
Cost is $5 per person.  Pony rides an additional $5 per ride.

For more information about this North Lake Tahoe event, please call (775) 849-4948 or email

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is managed by Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space under a special use permit from the US Forest Service. Great Basin Institute operates the Visitor Center, provides volunteers and staff, and offers educational programming for visitors of all ages. The mission of the GCVC is to encourage understanding, appreciation and appropriate use of the natural, cultural and historical resources of the Galena Canyon Area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.  The Visitor Center is now open Tuesday – Sunday from 9am – 6pm.  (775) 849-4948.


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