Webber Lake Hotel named to National Register of Historic Places

The Webber Lake Hotel was built in 1860. | Mark McLaughlin

Sierra County Historical Society announced that the historic Webber Lake Hotel was approved to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Truckee Donner Land Trust, which now owns the property where the hotel is located, originally sought the nomination along with architectural historian Corri Jimenez, who wrote an exhaustive report on the building.

Webber Lake Hotel, built by Dr. David G. Webber in 1860, was once a popular stop and watering hole on the historic Henness Pass stagecoach and freight route (now a popular mountain biking route).

Dr. Webber raised sheep, goats and cattle at a ranch outside of Loyalton and also owned a pharmacy in Sierra Valley. He first saw the unnamed lake in the 1850s while searching for a grove of rare red-silver fir trees in the area. He immediately bought the property, built the hotel/resort and became a pioneer in tourism. This widower who lost his biological son at a young age, adopted a number of children for whom the Webber Lake resort became home.

Webber Lake had no natural fish population due to impassable falls that cut it off from the Little Truckee River system, so in 1860 Dr. Webber stocked it with trout establishing the first sportfishing in the Sierra. | sierracountyhistory.org, (530) 862-1310