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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.

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.

Dancing for Snow

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Did the Great Basin tribes actually dance in hopes it would snow, or has the tradition been romanticized by ski resorts and ski bums alike?

Anatomy of a Phone Number

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Reminiscing on the evolution of Truckee’s phone numbers, and what the nostalgia means to one local resident.

Tahoe Housing History by the Numbers

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A look at Tahoe/Truckee' housing data from the past 15 years, giving a glimpse into the region's issues.

The Rocking Stone and the Crystal Palace

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Perhaps no piece of Truckee history spans such a wide range of the past as Truckee’s Rocking Stone — a curiously balanced boulder left...

Gray’s Effect

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Joseph Gray was a key player in Truckee’s early days, but after dissent brewed in town, even he couldn’t protect the town from vigilante racist agendas.

California’s Best Whip

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A look at the life of Charley Parkhurst, a famous Calfiornia stagecoach driver who lived as a cross dresser.
 

The Great Sierra Snow Blockade

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The winter of 2017 will go down in the record books, but at least residents and visitors can rely on modern snowplows to keep roads clear. In 1890, the railroad was the only way to cross the Sierra — avalanches and a collapsed snowshed blockaded the line for 15 days straight, stranding hundreds of train passengers in the mountains.

50 Years Ago: Let’s Shred Some Volcanoes

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By WOLFE SCHAEFER | Moonshine Ink In May 1969, two local guys, Wolfe Schaefer and Heinz Heubner, took off in a 1953 GMC panel truck...

Truckee’s Bootlegging Past

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After the logging and ice haresting of the late 1800s, Truckee became known for something a little more nefarious - bootlegging.