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Sierra Stories

  • John & Jessie Frémont: Western Power Couple, Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on September 21, 2016
    As Lt. John C. Frémont and his men crossed the Tahoe Sierra in February 1844, they were plagued by snowstorms and bouts of snow blindness. On Feb. 6, Charles Preuss, the expedition’s cartographer, wrote in his diary: “The snow is so horribly deep, and we can cover only a few miles each day. I am walking almost barefoot. This surpasses […]
  • John & Jessie Frémont: An American Power Couple

    By Mark McLaughlin on September 14, 2016
    The men in Lt. John Charles Frémont’s command were a bit confused. They had spent the spring and summer of 1843 trekking west into Oregon Territory (Pacific Northwest), exploring and mapping as they went. Their orders seemed clear enough. Survey the Oregon Trail by carrying a line of astronomical and barometric observations through to the Columbia River (for a possible […]
  • James Clyman: A man to rival “The Revenant”

    By Mark McLaughlin on September 7, 2016
    The recent award-winning film, “The Revenant,” cast actor Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, an early 19th Century American frontiersman and mountain man. The film depicts an 1823 incident where Glass, along with a party of beaver trappers led by Jedediah Smith, was attacked by an Arikara Indian war party near the mouth of the Yellowstone River. Several men were killed […]
  • Living with faults

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 31, 2016
    In April 2016, scientists at the Nevada Seismology Laboratory warned that a major earthquake along the Eastern Sierra is long overdue. The region averages a magnitude 7 event about every 30 years, and it’s been 60 years since the last one. An active fault system runs from south of Yosemite National Park to north of Reno and Lake Tahoe. There […]
  • The Great Race of 1908

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 24, 2016
    American technology and innovation has been impressing people around the world for generations. And, of course, there is always that Yankee competitiveness that has kept the United States on top of the economic heap for more than a century. The American Flyer in Utah. | National Automobile Museum One story that exemplifies American know-how and the country’s can-do spirit is […]
  • Fatal flash flood on Mount Rose

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 17, 2016
    The Tahoe Sierra is one of the most popular recreation areas in California, a region where summer thunderstorms are not uncommon. Residents and visitors alike should be aware of thunderstorm activity while enjoying the mountain lifestyle. Be aware of changing Tahoe weather. | Mark McLaughlin It may seem obvious that exposure to lightning on mountain peaks and ridges can be […]
  • Lucky Baldwin: A Tahoe entrepreneur, Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 10, 2016
    Tallac Hotel and old growth trees. | Mark McLaughlin Lucky Baldwin made a lot of money investing in Nevada silver mines, but his 1880 purchase of a hostelry near Emerald Bay helped save some of the last of Lake Tahoe’s old-growth forest. In the 1860s and 1870s, Tahoe’s extensive stands of virgin timber had fallen to the woodsman’s axe in […]
  • Lucky Baldwin: Tahoe Visionary, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on August 3, 2016
    Elias “Lucky” Baldwin wasn’t just lucky. He knew how to make money, lived a life of risk and adventure and left a scandalous trail of marriages, divorces and affairs in his wake. One of his biographers called him a “Comstock plunger, real estate promoter and glamorous libertine, who loved most, after a sharp trade, to squeeze three girls at once.” […]
  • Bid for Lake Tahoe National Park

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 27, 2016
    This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Many of America’s most scenic and historic places have been set aside and protected as national parks. The concept of a national park is an American innovation that grew out of the conservation movement that began in the 19th Century. Timber baron Duane L. Bliss supported a Tahoe Forest […]
  • Dare to shoot the Flume

    By Mark McLaughlin on July 20, 2016
    Every summer, mountain bikers flock to Lake Tahoe’s East Shore, eager to ride the old Flume Trail. Littered with wooden planks from a 19th-Century water flume, this narrow pathway hugs the steep west slope of the Carson Range. It challenges the courage and endurance of adventuresome cyclists. Although a ride along the Flume Trail can stir the heart, the real […]