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Tahoe/Truckee’s history

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 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.

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?

KNOT Radio: A Not-Radio Radio Station

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Back in the time of awesome rock ’n’ roll – now called Classic Vinyl – a radio DJ on Tahoe’s West Shore celebrated the era in a one-man show that only the hip folk cottoned onto.

Braving the Fire

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The 1960 Donner Ridge Fire is known as one of the most destructive local fires in modern history, but original letters recently obtained by the Truckee Donner Historical Society outline the devastation felt by survivors.

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.

If You Build a Giant Icicle, They Will Come

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How one man jumpstarted Truckee’s winter economy with chicken wire and water.

The Fortress in the Forest

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The incredible story of Lt. Leo Walker’s quick thinking, selfless action, and a historic bail out over the Sierra Nevada.

The Original Tahoe Cowboy

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Bud Jones was an industrious entrepreneur and surrogate parent with a fierce dedication to a still wild Squaw Valley, when cows and horses outnumbered skiers. His independence led him to do what few would have the courage to do.

Ursus Horribilis

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The California grizzly, once known as Ursus Horrilibus or terrible bear, numbered around 10,000 in population before the 19th century Gold Rush.