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 Great Plague of 1918 Hit Truckee Like a Runaway Train

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Masks, social distancing, overtaxed medical resources … we’re not talking about THIS pandemic, but the Spanish Influenza of 1918, which hit Truckee hard and necessitated some of the same measures we now have in place.

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.

Pre-Colonization Peoples

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The Truckee/North Tahoe region is rich in Native American history.

Right Person, Right Time, Right Place

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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.

A Pioneer on Two Wheels

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By BILL OUDEGEEST | Moonshine Ink Thomas Stevens had never ridden a bicycle when in 1884 he decided it would be a good idea to...

Spooked-Out Storytellers

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The restless spirits of Truckee/Tahoe are known to make their presence felt. For folks that have seen something, it isn’t just a bunch of hocus pocus.

The Bigler Blunder

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Calling the most gorgeous and iconic alpine lake in the world “Bigler” has to rank with political bumbling worthy of the current administration. How did it happen? Who should be blamed?

Sixty Years of Service

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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 Pyramid Lake Wars

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The Truckee River was the site of one of the greatest of the wars between natives and whites in Nevada’s history.

Horsing Around Downtown

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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.

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