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.

Seasoned Bricks


Truckee’s Capitol Building has a colorful Wild West history.

Imagine a Bridge Over the Mouth of Emerald Bay…


The League to Save Lake Tahoe was formed in 1957 to prevent major development in the Basin, and the organization continues the fight today.

The Truckee Follies

Truckee native Chelsea Waltersheid remembers the hushed laughter and fun adult-only vibe of the historic Truckee Follies; now, she’s been on the ad committee for years.

Right Person, Right Time, Right Place

On July 27, 1985, Scott Baumgardner was training a new partner aboard the Sheriff’s Patrol Boat on Lake Tahoe. At about 6 p.m., he and Deputy Dave Harris were dispatched to a possible sailboat in trouble off Cedar Flat. Little did they know', something far more urgent was about to crash into the lake from the sky. Read about the daring rescue of two people from an airplane crash in the '80s.

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.

Jibboom Street’s Seedy Past

Marianne Porter’s interview with Dean Schaecher and Christa Finn from The Pour House (see article here) is a reminder of just how far one...

Tahoe Vista Historic Building Served Food and Letters to Patrons


A look at the 86-year history of the building that houses Spindleshanks in Tahoe Vista.

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 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 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.