Rich History: The Gatekeeper’s Museum

Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe are not only beautiful places to vacation, they are also rich in history.  While your summer activities may include hiking, biking and boating, exploring the rich history of this area is a great excursion the whole family can enjoy together!

At the Tahoe City Dam, where the Truckee River meets Lake Tahoe, you will find the Gatekeeper’s Museum.  It was originally built by Robert Montgomery Watson, as the home of the Watermaster, who controlled the water out of Lake Tahoe.  The dam still has a Watermaster, but s/he no longer lives at the cabin. The cabin on site stands today as a reconstruction of the original, since it burned in an arson fire in the early 1980′s.  It serves as a local museum and event venue; showcasing Tahoe history, spanning back from the native Washoe people into the logging and mining days that boomed in the Sierras.

Not only can you visit the museum on your own accord, but the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society hosts many fun events for all ages!  Try a Historic Walking Tour or Bear Brunch BBQ; perhaps a Free Tahoe Movie Matinee or Living History Day.

For further information visit the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.

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