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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.

Tahoe Vista Tenderloin?

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The wild-west history of Truckee and its Jibboom Street red-light district is well known. Tahoe Vista almost joined this history of ill repute, until a sordid tale of betrayal cut the plan short.

Truckee/Tahoe Driving Rules

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Rules of Tahoe/Truckee roads per a local veteran driver.

A Fine Line

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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has had to strike a fine balance between conservationists and private landowners throughout its five decades working to preserve the integrity of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Tales of Tahoe

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This was the stuff of Tahoe legend. Behind a weekly newspaper column from the ’60s and ’70s that informed a hometown.

The Immemorial Journey of the Forlorn Hope

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These ultrarunners will be following in the footsteps of one of the most grueling survival stories in California’s history.

Honoring ‘The Work of Giants’ at Donner Pass

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Chinese workers were master builders who made possible the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Their nearly lost history is being revived and Donner Pass is proposed as a national landmark.

KNOT Radio: A Not-Radio Radio Station

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Back in the time of awesome rock ’n’ roll – now called Classic Vinyl – a radio DJ on Tahoe’s West Shore celebrated the era in a one-man show that only the hip folk cottoned onto.

A Local Journey Through Women’s Politics

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The progress made, shortcomings to still overcome, and perseverance women today still celebrate for the 100th anniversary of their right to vote.

A Tale of the River Streets

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Eugene Gini, 89, has lived in Truckee all his life. Owner of the riverside Moonshine office, he shares stories from over the decades including unplowed roads and segregated neighborhoods.

Dogs on the Hunt

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Those trained through the Institute for Canine Forensics can detect human remains up to 3,000 years old.