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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 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.

The Bigler Blunder


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?

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.

Ursus Horribilis


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

Rule Breakers and Risk Takers

Tahoe-ites who have pushed the norm in extreme sports and made headlines throughout history

Tahoe’s Treasured Freeway


The mystery and history of Tahoe's favorite freeway.

Spooked-Out Storytellers

The restless spirits of Truckee/Tahoe are known to make their presence felt. For folks that have seen something, it isn’t just a bunch of hocus pocus.

Images of America: Truckee

You’ve heard the stories of Truckee’s rugged past. You know about the Chinese railroad workers, Truckee’s ice palace, and the Paiute chief that Truckee...

The Infamous “Spring Chicken” of Truckee


A colorful character from Truckee’s downtown scene during the 1870s was not a man, but a woman who racked up quite a laundry list of exploits.

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?