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In the Past provides the rarely told stories of Tahoe/Truckee’s history. We avoid the classic Donner Party tales and other stories that everyone has heard a dozen times unless we are sharing a new, previously unheard-of angle on the topic. Stories can run a vast range of history, from pre-settlement to a decade ago.

Spooked-Out Storytellers

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The restless spirits of Truckee/Tahoe are known to make their presence felt. For folks that have seen something, it isn’t just a bunch of hocus pocus.

A Pioneer on Two Wheels

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By BILL OUDEGEEST | Moonshine Ink Thomas Stevens had never ridden a bicycle when in 1884 he decided it would be a good idea to...

Right Person, Right Time, Right Place

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On July 27, 1985, Scott Baumgardner was training a new partner aboard the Sheriff’s Patrol Boat on Lake Tahoe. At about 6 p.m., he and Deputy Dave Harris were dispatched to a possible sailboat in trouble off Cedar Flat. Little did they know', something far more urgent was about to crash into the lake from the sky. Read about the daring rescue of two people from an airplane crash in the '80s.

By Rail, By River, By Lake

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Two trains through the mountains and by the river and a steamer on the lake, all with coordinated guided stops: What brought this about in the early 1900s at a time when travel in the mountainous and sometimes dangerous terrain of the Sierra Nevada was far from easy? It was the business dream of a man named Bliss, and he built his life around making it a reality.

50 Years Ago: Let’s Shred Some Volcanoes

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By WOLFE SCHAEFER | Moonshine Ink In May 1969, two local guys, Wolfe Schaefer and Heinz Heubner, took off in a 1953 GMC panel truck...

Welcome to ‘Donnerwood’

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Truckee was a vital filming site for early silent films and the first of the “talkies” in the early 1900s, posing as places like Siberia or Alaska. Charlie Chaplin and other major film stars of the era took advantage of the Sierra Nevada snowfall and Truckee amenities, even using locals as extras and filming in remote areas such as Donner Pass.

Villains of the Past

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Since its early days, Truckee has had a colorful history of noble lawmen and ruthless criminals — here are some of the most infamous.

The Truckee Method

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How an anti-Chinese boycott came to be

The Bigler Blunder

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Calling the most gorgeous and iconic alpine lake in the world “Bigler” has to rank with political bumbling worthy of the current administration. How did it happen? Who should be blamed?

The Pyramid Lake Wars

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The Truckee River was the site of one of the greatest of the wars between natives and whites in Nevada’s history.

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