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Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin
Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally published author and professional speaker with seven books and more than 800 articles in print. A prolific writer, Mark has received the Nevada State Press award five times. He is a popular lecturer and experienced field trip leader who has lived at North Lake Tahoe since 1978. He teaches Sierra Nevada history using entertaining stories, slide shows and informative tours. He has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio and has appeared as an expert consultant on CNN, The History Channel and The Weather Channel, as well as many historical documentaries.

Jesse Lee Reno: Civil War Hero

    There are a handful of towns in the United States named after General Jesse Lee Reno, a Civil War hero who died fighting for...

Farad to Floriston hike through history

The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is still a work in progress, but the sections that are open offer an opportunity to enjoy inspiring hikes and bike...

Verdi Train Robbery, Part II

In Part I, a gang of desperadoes pulled off the first train robbery in the West and escaped with more than $41,000 in gold...

Verdi Train Robbery: Part I

Most motorists driving past the small town of Verdi never give much thought about this little community located on the Nevada side of the...

Death knell for Tom Bell

In the early 1850s, a former medical doctor and his gang of violent road agents terrorized travelers in the gold rush camps of the...

Robert M. Watson: Tahoe City Lawman

Robert “Bob” Montgomery Watson, an important and influential early resident at North Lake Tahoe, was appointed Tahoe City’s first constable in 1906 at the...

Ten Miles in One Day: A Railroading Marvel

Shortly before the American Civil War, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman visited northern California. He pronounced that building a railroad over the rugged Sierra Nevada...

Reno’s effort inspired Squaw Valley Olympics

The Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition is working hard to land the 2026 Winter Games for the Tahoe Sierra region. They’re not alone in...

1862: California’s most devastating winter

There’s been a lot of talk about weather records being broken this winter, but it was only January’s epic snowfall totals that have made...

Lansford Hastings: Donner Party Villain?

This winter marks the 170th anniversary of the tragic tale of the Donner Party. Many mistakes were made by a variety of people, but historians...


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