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In the Past

Tahoe/Truckee’s history

The Secret Mountain Laboratory

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Decades after its 1970s demise, the Secret Mountain Laboratory — the KSML radio station that once broadcasted from Kings Beach — lives on in memory for locals like writer David Fenimore.

The Day Blyth Arena Fell

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Pete Bansen’s creative actions saved lives when Blyth Arena, the beloved 1960s Olympic Games structure, collapsed on March 23, 1983. Writer Eddy Starr Ancinas explains how.

Shirley of the Canyon

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Local resident Trevor Kekke discovers just how far his family name reaches when he realizes that Palisades Tahoe’s Shirley Canyon is named for his great aunt.

Early Days of Tahoe Skier Glory…

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Pat Dillon reflects on the days of skiing on skinny rockets and burning the midnight oil with Tahoe skiers of the 1970s and ’80s.

When the Commons Was Removed From Commons Beach

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The central beach in Tahoe City, Commons Beach, was deeded to the public in the late 19th century but for a time was taken over by private interests. A mysterious event opened it back up to the public.

History in the Making

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Truckee’s Veterans Memorial Building and Rocking Stone Tower are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places following years of effort by the Truckee-Donner Historical Society and others.

Follow the Old Dirt Road

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The old Dutch Flat-Donner Lake Wagon Road on Donner Summit was so traveled that vegetation still doesn’t grow where the wagon wheels once rolled. You can go see it for yourself.

The Bard’s Early Tahoe Days

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From Shakespeare by flashlight to a current venue that can seat 1,100 per show, the Tahoe festival’s rich history shows a dogged dedication to the arts.

Golden Years Of Tahoe Donner

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Former pro footballer Jack Kirby had a vision for what would become Truckee’s enormous Tahoe Donner neighborhood. Fifty years later, that vision still holds true.

A Brief History of the Tahoe Economy

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The economies in this region have varied depending on the peoples who created them. Here’s a lightning quick recap that starts thousands of years ago and goes through to today.