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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.

The Timeless Headliners of the Kings Beach Bowl

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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

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Why Lake Tahoe never became a National Park

Squaw’s Endurance Running Roots

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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.

Ice, Ice Baby

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Ice, not snow, has been the region’s recreation surface of choice during this snowless start to winter.

The Tahoe Colony That Never Was

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Frank Lloyd Wright had a vision in the 1920s for a Tahoe Summer Colony in Emerald Bay that never came to fruition.

The Black Pioneer of Plumas County

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Could it be that a mountain man who was a blacksmith, horse thief, cavalry scout, and Crow Indian chief — with peaks, passes, waterways, and towns all named in his honor — was ignored because he was a black man?

The Silent Terror

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Next time you’re enjoying life on the North Shore, make sure to take care of your barkeep — sometimes it’s a rough job. Especially if the famed James Stewart walks in asking for a drink.

The Craft and Connection Of Winter Survival

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The harsh Sierra Nevada winters were a testament to the Washoe Tribe and their relationship with the land.

A Progressive Jackpot

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Two men, with separate businesses and dreams, upped the stakes in Tahoe’s gambling industry to create a lasting legacy.

The Host of Hotel de Chipmunk

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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.

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