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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


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.

Ice, Ice Baby


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

The Tahoe Colony That Never Was


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


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


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


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

A Progressive Jackpot


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


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.