Lake Tahoe History

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Tangled Vines: An Evening with Frances Dinkelspiel at Lake Tahoe

Hellman MansionBeyond Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, is a rich history of California’s Gold Rush, and how that flourished this beautiful area. Visitors flock to Truckee and Tahoe in droves to escape the hustle and bustle in the mountains and at the alpine lake – they’ve been doing it for over a century, the only exception being their mode of transportation and the magnitude of the ski resorts today. (What it would have been to travel only by train and steamer from San Francisco!)

Taking time to discover the gems of history in Tahoe is almost a rite of passage in knowing this place like the back of your hand. The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (a California State Park) is no exception. Situation on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, the mansion offers a glimpse into Northern California’s opulent history.

So why not spend a little time getting to know Tahoe’s past? Take a break from kayaking or boating or hiking Blackwood Canyon, and spend an evening with acclaimed author Frances Dinkelspiel at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on July 20. Frances will discuss her newest book, “Tangled Vines” over the course of the summer’s evening at the mansion.

Step back in time, enjoy tasty hor d’oeuvres and fine wines while learning all about the greed, murder, obsession and arson that took place in the Napa Valley vineyards of California. Dinkelspiel explores the colorful and dynamic past of California’s wine industry, at one of Lake Tahoe’s most historic and dynamic places.

Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket by calling 530.583.9911 or sierrastateparks.org


Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam 100th Anniversary Celebration

Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam

Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam and Gatekeeper’s Museum, Tahoe City

When:

  • Friday, August 30, 2013
  • 12pm-1:30pm at the Dam
  • 4pm Reception at Watson Cabin and Gatekeeper’s Museum

Cost:

  • Free for the whole family!

If you’re looking for a bit of history while entertaining the whole family, then come on down to Fanny’s Bridge and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam. Tours and refreshments are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

After your tour and photo ops, head over at 4pm to the Heritage Plaza in the center of Tahoe City, also the location of the Watson Log Cabin.  Enjoy the Tahoe City 150th kick-off reception with live ragtime music from CW Bayer and Mr. Spoons, and the unveiling of historic banners around town.

 


Tahoe City Day: 150 Years of Tahoe City!

Tahoe City Day

 

Tahoe City is turning 150 years young on August 8, 2013! Can you believe it?

Tahoe City Day kicks off over a month-long celebration of multifaceted community-wide events, everything from pancake breakfasts and Bloody Mary brunches to paddle tours and speakeasy pub crawls. Lake Tahoe has drastically changed since Tahoe City was recorded and recognized by W. Taft on August 8, 1863 and the anniversary celebration will explore its history and progression. Check out the event line-up here!

To learn more about the 150 year anniversary celebration, visit www.tahoecity150. com or their Facebook Page for up to date event information!

Share with us your all-time favorite memory of Tahoe City, or the Lake Tahoe area. Is there an experience that will always stand out as your most memorable moment?


Tahoe City Waterfront Walking Tour: Free Event!

Tahoe City Dam

It’s hard to believe but Tahoe City is celebrating 150 years this summer as an established town in Northern California!

As a part of the town’s anniversary, The Tahoe City Waterfront Tour was formed by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society to share Tahoe City’s unique history. So what exactly will this tour consist of? Event guests will travel on foot for about 3/4 mile on a flat bike/multi-use trail to learn all about the Truckee River Dam (above photo), water rights, water clarity, rafting, historic sailing vessels, motor boat racing, Commons Beach, native fish, and key landmarks in Tahoe City—restaurants, places to visit/things to do from long time local, Karen Willcuts.

Although this event is FREE and open to the public, the North lake Tahoe Historical Society will accept $5 donations that will also cover your admission to the Gatekeeper’s Museum for the day.

The Event Lowdown:

Where to meet your guide/Starting Location: Gatekeeper’s Museum. 130 W. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, Ca. 96145

When: 10AM-11:30AM

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ending Location: Near Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City

Other Details:  You may park in public parking lots or at the Gatekeeper’s Museum. Leashed well behaved dogs are welcome. This tour is family-friendly, but probably not exciting for very young children.

Questions? Contact the Gatekeeper’s Museum at 530-583-1762.


40th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

This event is a key part of Lake Tahoe maritime preservation and education, and also your chance to view over 80 classic boats on display, in running for top prize. In addition to boat viewing, your 1-day or 2-day ticket access to the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance offers the opportunity for live music, food and beverage purchase, full-color souvenir and vendor booths worth browsing!

The Skinny:

August 10 and 11: 10am to 4:30pm

Awards ceremony at 6pm on Friday

Tickets $25/advance, $30/door, $35/two day advance, $40/two day door


Opening Day at the Lake

Most schools are not out for the year yet, but Memorial Day generally signals the dog days of summer are finally here! The Lake Tahoe West Shore Association hosts Opening Day at the Lake, with a bevy of activities running from Friday, May 25th to Monday, May 28th.

West Shore restaurants unveil their patios and decks for a summer of sunshine dining: Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge opens May 25th at 11:30am with live music and tasty food; West Shore Cafe and Swiss Lakewood follow suit with their Summer Openings on May 26th.

There’s something for everyone! On Friday at 11am check out Captain Kirby’s boat sale of 2012 Chris Crafts with refreshments and giveaways, and jet over to Chamber’s Landing for Chamber’s Punch Specials from 4pm-8pm. Start off Saturday with a tour of State Park mansions: Sugar Pine Point State Park – Ehrman Mansion, and Emerald Bay State Park – Vikingsholm.  Kick back on Sunday and relax. Monday’s festivities close with vintage and mordern seaplanes on display at Obexer’s Marina. Breakfast is available 8am-10am, followed by a BBQ at Obexer’s from 11am-3pm for the afternoon crowd.

Click on the event calendar for details! The weather forecast calls for some unsettled weather on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday and Monday will offer up more Tahoe sunshine and warmer temps. Pack a warm coat and your sunscreen!


Lake Tahoe Living History Day

Pine Lodge, the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Built in 1903.

Step back in time to the 1930’s, and taste the once bustling life at Ehrman Mansion, with this FREE  event at the Lake Tahoe Living History Day!

Experience the lavish lifestyle of the late Florence and Sydney Ehrman with many entertaining activities at Sugar Pine Point State Park – live bands, historical talks (one by a living descendant of Ehrman, Frances Dinkelspiel), in-residence guided tours, and even a vintage car display! There will be an abundance of children’s activities, where they can pick up a mallet and play croquet, or try their hands at pick-up-sticks or jacks.  It’s all about having fun 1930s style.

Pack your bathing suits and towels for the whole family, and enjoy a picnic on the sprawling lakefront lawn. See just why this spot was a private summer retreat for 60 years in the Hellman-Ehrman family.

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