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Sierra Stories

  • Remembering the legendary Tahoe Tavern, Part III

    By Alyssa Ganong on September 2, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·    Courtesy North Lake Tahoe Historical Society ·  Editor’s Note: Parts I & II may be read at TheTahoeWeekly.com. The Tahoe Tavern condominium complex located south of Tahoe City is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer as the reincarnation of the original Tahoe Tavern hotel built at the turn of the 20th Century. Built as a […]
  • The legendary Tahoe Tavern, Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 26, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  Automobiles put the Tahoe-Truckee Railroad out of business. Note the train tracks on the pier. | Courtesy Nevada Historical Society ·  Editor’s Note: Part I The Tahoe Tavern condominium properties near Tahoe City is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer as the reincarnation of the original Tahoe Tavern Hotel & Casino built at the turn of […]
  • The legendary Tahoe Tavern, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 19, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  Tahoe Tavern, circa 1908. | Courtesy Mark McLaughlin The Tahoe Tavern condominium properties located south of Tahoe City is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer as the reincarnation of the original Tahoe Tavern Hotel & Casino built at the turn of the 20th Century. The contemporary version of the Tahoe Tavern was mostly completed in 1965, […]
  • The Poulsens: A Squaw Valley love affair

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 12, 2015
      By Mark McLaughlin ·    Squaw Valley founders Wayne and Sandy Poulsen raised a family of skiers. | Courtesy Truckee Donner Historical Society ·  On July 25, 2015, legendary Squaw Valley ski pioneer Wayne Poulsen would have turned 100-years-old. To celebrate this remarkable man, a large crowd of family and friends gathered at the Poulsen family’s Squaw Valley estate […]
  • Swinging between drought & flood, Part III

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 5, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin  ·  The peak release from the Tahoe Dam in January 1997 was a record 2,690 cubic feet per second. | Courtesy Mark McLaughlin ·  A heavy dump of snow in late December 1996 set the stage for flooding one week later. | Courtesy Mark McLaughlin ·  Editor’s Note: Parts I & II may be found at TheTahoeWeekly.com. […]
  • Lake Tahoe: Drought to flood, Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 29, 2015
      By Mark McLaughlin ·  The heavy winter of 1996 pumped Big Blue to its maximum legal limit of 6,229.10’. | Courtesy Mark McLaughlin ·  The second wettest winter in 1995 raised Lake Tahoe nearly 7 feet. | Courtesy Mark McLaughlin ·  Editor’s Note: Part I may be found at TheTahoeWeekly.com. California is currently being hit hard by a four-year […]
  • Lake Tahoe: Between droughts & floods, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 22, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  In 1992, Lake Tahoe’s water level fell to 6,220 feet, the lowest on record. | Courtesy Mark McLaughlin ·  There’s no doubt about it, California has been hit hard by the current four-year drought, with much of the state suffering exceptionally dry conditions. In the Sierra, streams, lakes and reservoirs are languishing, with some dried up […]
  • Eilley Oram: Seeress of Washoe

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 15, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  Eilley Bowers, circa 1863. | Courtesy Nevada Historical Society ·  When Alison “Eilley” Oram was a young girl growing up in the Highlands of Scotland during the 1830s, she already sensed that she was destined for more than the dreary life of farming. Born in September 1826 in the Royal Burgh of Forfar, Scotland, Eilley was […]
  • Truckee shootout at Hurd’s Saloon, Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 8, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin · Deputy Sheriff James Reed shot and killed Constable Jacob Teeter. | Courtesy James B. Casey. Editor’s Note: Part I may be found at TheTahoeWeekly.com. During the late 1860s, the town of Truckee went through an economic boom as a logging and railroad center. The financial gains from lumber production and railroad operations provided jobs and boosted […]
  • Truckee shootout at Hurd’s Saloon, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 1, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·    Constable Jacob Teeter served his community for 24 years. | Courtesy Truckee Donner Historical Society During the early years of the California Gold Rush, San Francisco was ground zero for tens of thousands of immigrants arriving from countries around the world, all hoping to get rich or die trying. There were honest men and women […]