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Tahoe/Truckee’s history

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 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.

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.

This Land is Your Land, This Land is Whose Land?

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Lake Tahoe is split in two, with one half in Nevada and one half in California — but why? It involved an epic trek through the Sierra during the winter of 1843 and a mapping snafu.

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.

The Birth of the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue

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Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue was born out of tragedy in the ’70s, and over the years, the rag-tag group of skiers developed into an-all volunteer organization of highly skilled rescuers.

Why Lake Tahoe Never Became a National Park

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Why Lake Tahoe never became a National Park

An Oral Accounting of Tahoe’s Past

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The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will soon have multiple oral history interviews on its website that will take people back to Tahoe’s early days.

By Rail, By River, By Lake

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Two trains through the mountains and by the river and a steamer on the lake, all with coordinated guided stops: What brought this about in the early 1900s at a time when travel in the mountainous and sometimes dangerous terrain of the Sierra Nevada was far from easy? It was the business dream of a man named Bliss, and he built his life around making it a reality.

A Frog’s Life

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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.