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Mark McLaughlin

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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.

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...

1969 Squaw World Cup: Storms & shooting stars 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be hosting the FIS World Cup women’s slalom races on March 10 and 11. The biggest names in professional...

1960 Winter Olympics: Talent & determination 

  Squaw Valley is hosting the Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s slalom races in March this year. The world’s top professional skiers will be...

Diamond Peak: A Lake Tahoe gem

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter, Diamond Peak is probably the most overlooked and underrated ski resort in the Tahoe Basin. With an impressive...

Winter Survival in the West, Part II

Story by Mark McLaughlin  ·   Search and rescue headlines usually focus on skiers and snowboarders who venture outside resort boundaries and lose their way....

Winter Survival in the West, Part I

Search and rescue headlines usually focus on skiers and snowboarders who venture outside resort boundaries and lose their way. The recent rescue of a...

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