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.

Four Decades of Selfless Service

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With over 500 lives saved on the mountain, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue has come a long way from a group of concerned parents and friends responding to a tragic loss. Here is the story of the group’s 54-year history.

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.

Imagine a Bridge Over the Mouth of Emerald Bay…

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

California’s Best Whip

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

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.

Villains of the Past

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Since its early days, Truckee has had a colorful history of noble lawmen and ruthless criminals — here are some of the most infamous.

The Truckee Follies

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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.

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.

Horseless Gordy takes on Tevis

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

Pre-Colonization Peoples

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

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