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 Old Timers’ Picnic

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An Oklahoma woman discovers that she has roots in Truckee, and is reunited with her family at the annual Old Timers’ Picnic.

Braving the Fire

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The 1960 Donner Ridge Fire is known as one of the most destructive local fires in modern history, but original letters recently obtained by the Truckee Donner Historical Society outline the devastation felt by survivors.

Chicken Business

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Truckee was once home to a large chicken ranch

All Aboard Tahoe

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A narrow gauge railroad from Truckee to Tahoe City solidified Tahoe as a tourist destination.

Rule Breakers and Risk Takers

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

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.

North Tahoe Firefighting in the Fifties

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What did firefighting in Tahoe look like almost 70 years ago?

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...

Seasoned Bricks

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

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