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In the Past

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.

Dancing for Snow


Did the Great Basin tribes actually dance in hopes it would snow, or has the tradition been romanticized by ski resorts and ski bums alike?

The Sorceress of the North Shore


A biplane in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, brings memories of one incident that in 1991 astounded many people in the North Lake Tahoe community.

A Frog’s Life


The California red-legged frog, endemic to California, has faced many adversities in its storied history, from being gobbled up by gold miners to being hunted by bullfrogs.

Killing Penelope


At the age of 12 Kimball Pier became the primary caregiver for her mom Penelope who suffered from an autoimmune disease. Hear about their life in sleepy little post-Olympics Squaw, their transition to the east coast where Penelope died, and Kimball’s eventual move back to her Sierra home.

The Timeless Headliners of the Kings Beach Bowl


In the summers of 1967-1968 Lake Tahoe benefited from San Francisco’s blossoming psychedelic music scene as name acts like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Buffalo Springfield played at a converted bowling alley we now know as the North Tahoe Event Center.

Why Lake Tahoe Never Became a National Park


Why Lake Tahoe never became a National Park

Squaw’s Endurance Running Roots


Although endurance competitions are gaining popularity around the world, Squaw Valley is home to one of the oldest trail running events, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.

The Host of Hotel de Chipmunk


Of the cast of colorful characters that have manned Martis Peak Lookout's "Hotel de Chipmunk," circus tumbler and cigar roller Frank "Waddles" Maher was king.

The Hottest Spot on the Lake


Brockway Hot Springs, perched on Tahoe’s North Shore near Kings Beach, has seen success, turmoil, development, and fire over its 147 years as a tourist destination.

50 Years Ago: Let’s Shred Some Volcanoes

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