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.

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.

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 Silent Terror

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Next time you’re enjoying life on the North Shore, make sure to take care of your barkeep — sometimes it’s a rough job. Especially if the famed James Stewart walks in asking for a drink.

The Craft and Connection Of Winter Survival

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The harsh Sierra Nevada winters were a testament to the Washoe Tribe and their relationship with the land.

The Incredible History of the Cal-Neva Lodge on Lake Tahoe

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The Cal-Neva tales about Frank Sinatra, the Mafia, secret tunnels, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe might sound like legend, but many are true. Curious where the tall tales meet the facts?

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.

Killing Penelope

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At the age of 12 Kimball Pier became the primary caregiver for her mom Penelope who suffered from an autoimmune disease. Hear about their life in sleepy little post-Olympics Squaw, their transition to the east coast where Penelope died, and Kimball’s eventual move back to her Sierra home.

A Progressive Jackpot

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Two men, with separate businesses and dreams, upped the stakes in Tahoe’s gambling industry to create a lasting legacy.

The Infamous “Spring Chicken” of Truckee

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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.

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.

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