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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.

Dandy Jim Miller: Stage Driver with Style

Bold visions of instant wealth inspired the California Gold Rush in the early 1850s. For nearly a decade, tens of thousands of intrepid argonauts...

Joshua A. Norton | Beloved Gold Rush Character

Ever since the discovery of gold 170 years ago in January 1848, California has been known as a society replete with oddballs and eccentrics....

Wayne Poulsen and the Rifle Peak Project

In the 1930s, North Lake Tahoe missed out on a proposed state-of-the-art, European-style ski resort perched on the mountains above today’s Incline Village, Nev....

Collapse of Squaw Valley’s Blyth Arena, Part II

Blyth Memorial Arena, built for the 1960 Winter Olympics, was innovatively designed with an active system to make the roof shed snow unlike most...

Collapse of Squaw Valley’s Blyth Arena, Part I

Among some longtime locals, the collapse of Squaw Valley’s Blyth Arena on March 29, 1983, is a legendary tale of conspiracy, mystery and subterfuge....

Crippling Easter Storm of 1958

What a difference a year makes. Last winter was the wettest on record and a boon for local ski resorts, as well as for...

Alpine Meadows’ Miracle Story

It’s been nearly four decades since one of the deadliest avalanches in Sierra Nevada history broke loose at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and killed...

Hannes Schroll: The Red Devil from Tyrol

It’s been nearly 80 years since the Sugar Bowl ski resort opened on Dec. 15, 1939. Sugar Bowl is known as the Grand Dame...

Granlibakken | Birthplace of Tahoe Skiing

Granlibakken Tahoe Resort celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2017 making it the oldest by far of all Lake Tahoe ski areas. This secluded mountain...

Tamsen Donner: Her Dream & Legacy

Author’s note: I first met Ann Smith in Reno in 1996 where we were both attending a sesquicentennial celebration of the 1846 pioneer migration...