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.

Horseless Gordy takes on Tevis


A Tevis Cup competitor ditches his steed and starts one of the nation's most famous ultra marathon races.

Sixty Years of Service

Would you trudge through feet of snow or work 10-plus-hour days to reach your patients in the dead of winter? Learn how TTMG physicians and nurses coped in the early days of Squaw medicine.

The Squaw Valley Stables


Looking back to a more peaceful time.

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.

California’s Best Whip


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

A Surveying Scandal in the Sierra


A survey scandal from the 1800s impacts White Wolf owner Troy Caldwell as he tries to establish exact boundary lines for the Squaw-Alpine gondola connect.

The Rise and Reinvention of the TRPA

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is often viewed as an unchanging, bureaucratic regulatory agency. But as the organization most recently demonstrated in a historic...

All Aboard Tahoe


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

If You Build a Giant Icicle, They Will Come


How one man jumpstarted Truckee’s winter economy with chicken wire and water.

Horsing Around Downtown

The most common pack animal that can be seen in downtown Truckee these days is an automobile, but in 1907, before these noisy beasts took over, helpful horses used to “break the plaza,” aka compact the snow to enable people to travel on skis and sleds.