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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.

Pre-Colonization Peoples

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

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.

Rosie the Riveter and the WASP

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Placer County’s own Rosie the Riveter was a trendsetter in female mechanics. She still lives in Auburn as we look back to another time the nation needed to come together, WWII.

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.

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.

Lake Tahoe’s Building Boom in the Roaring Twenties

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Lake Tahoe was targeted for a national park in the 1910s, but with the wealth of the Roaring Twenties, rampant development moved in and gave rise to three private estates that now function as attractions in of themselves.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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