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Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin
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Mark is an award-winning, nationally published author, historian 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.

Mexican-American War & St. Patrick’s Battalion | Part IV

On Aug. 18, 1847, Mexican General Gabriel Valencia — in charge of 7,000 armed troops supported by 23 cannons — defied a direct order...

Mexican-American War & St. Patrick’s Battalion, Part III

Historians often refer to the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) as the forgotten war since it was quickly overshadowed by the discovery of gold in California,...

Mexican-American War & St. Patrick’s Battalion, Part II

The Mexican-American War of 1846-48 is little known today, yet it had more impact on America’s westward expansion than the opening of the California...

Mexican-American War, Part I

Historians often refer to the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) as the forgotten war since it was quickly overshadowed by the discovery of gold in California,...

Winter 1874 Challenged Transcontinental Railroad

During the month of May this year, communities across the western United States will be celebrating the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the completion of...

Operation Haylift, Miracle in the Sky, Part II

Few Nevada winters have been as brutal as that of 1948-49, when towering snowdrifts and record cold waves shut down the state’s major highways...

Operation Haylift Saved Nevada’s Cattle Industry, Part I

It’s been 70 years since one of Nevada’s worst winters wreaked havoc across the high desert. Virtually no winter seasons have been as brutal...

Nevada’s Undefeated Ski Season

In 1939, 80 years ago this winter, a dedicated group of young men on the University of Nevada ski team were training for their...

Gold Rush Injustice Against African-Americans

In the 1960s, activist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for social justice and racial equality for African-Americans....

Canine Adventures in the Tahoe Sierra, Part II

The Tahoe Sierra is a dog’s paradise, known for its crisp air, wide-open spaces, clean water and stimulating snowfall. For more than 150 years,...