Truckee 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


Get Spooked at Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour

Photo Credit: Truckee Donner Historical Society

October 18 and 19, 2012 | 5:30 – 9PM | $30

It’s back, and ready to spook you to the gills!

This adults-only annual walking tour of Historic Truckee is a dynamic, exciting and dark way to walk the steps of haunted Truckee tales. The tour kicks off with a glass of wine, and winds through Downtown Truckee, stopping off at all the old haunts. Finish off your time travels at Moody’s Bistro for a raffle prize drawing.

This autumn event sells out every year, and according to NC Communications, 70% of the tickets are already gone! Be sure to purchase yours HERE.

Want to attend but you’ve got kids? Don’t worry. Here’s a solution!


Haunted History

Are you a history buff? Are you looking for a little spook to your October? Are you ready to bundle up in your best attire from the bygone era of 1880-1920 and travel on foot to the most historic and haunted spots in Truckee?

We thought so.

Anyone who has walked the streets of Commercial Row in historic downtown Truckee could attest to the sense of history that haunts those streets. Original buildings still stand in the little railroad town of Truckee. New businesses crop up next to local haunts, like the Old Jail Museum on Jibboom Street. Word has it Jibboom Street was the first street in the Truckee basin. If you’re looking for a fun and fascinating way to spend the evening, then purchase your ticket now for the Truckee Historical Haunted Tour October 20th and 21st. Friday evening is already sold out!

For your $30 admission, you will begin your walking tour at Moody’s Bistro, with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, and stroll the streets of Truckee to various historic sites: Tourist Club, Cabona’s, The International Order of Odd Fellows and Masonic Hall, Train Depot and Art Obsessions at Truckee Mercantile.

We hope to see you there!


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