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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.

History in the Making

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Truckee’s Veterans Memorial Building and Rocking Stone Tower are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places following years of effort by the Truckee-Donner Historical Society and others.

Follow the Old Dirt Road

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The old Dutch Flat-Donner Lake Wagon Road on Donner Summit was so traveled that vegetation still doesn’t grow where the wagon wheels once rolled. You can go see it for yourself.

The Bard’s Early Tahoe Days

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From Shakespeare by flashlight to a current venue that can seat 1,100 per show, the Tahoe festival’s rich history shows a dogged dedication to the arts.

Golden Years Of Tahoe Donner

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Former pro footballer Jack Kirby had a vision for what would become Truckee’s enormous Tahoe Donner neighborhood. Fifty years later, that vision still holds true.

A Brief History of the Tahoe Economy

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The economies in this region have varied depending on the peoples who created them. Here’s a lightning quick recap that starts thousands of years ago and goes through to today.

Tahoe City’s High Life of the ’70s and Its Central Star

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For five decades Doran “Montana” Cahill helped define North Shore culture. In a special evening, longtime friends feast on his exploits and lasting legacy.

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.