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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.

Alpine Skiing Debuts at 1936 Winter Olympics

The 1930s was the breakout decade for ski sport in California and across much of the nation. Despite an economic depression, increasing numbers of...

Truckee’s Wild West roots | A Glimpse into Truckee’s Past

Truckee boasts a thriving downtown vibe as visitors and locals cruise the profusion of popular restaurants and bars, enticing gift shops and niche retail...

What’s in store for winter? Looking at the 2017-18 winter & ahead to...

In the West, precipitation — rain combined with the water equivalent of melted snow — is measured in water years as opposed to calendar...

Find Yourself in the Lost Sierra | Sardine Lakes & Sierra Buttes

There’s a magical synergy to the Lost Sierra where a spectacular wonderland of mountain peaks, glaciated lake basins and historic California Gold-Rush towns combine...

Donner Summit’s 20 Mile Museum

As a vital gateway for America’s 19th Century westward expansion to the Pacific Ocean, Donner Pass is arguably one of the most storied locations...

Cal Neva Resort and “Bad Times at the El Royale”

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of destruction, the Cal Neva Resort Hotel Spa & Casino in Crystal Bay, Nev., will be reopening...

Sarah Wallis: California’s First Feminist

They were the vanguard of what would become the greatest voluntary migration in human history after gold was discovered in California. Best known as...

Joseph R. Walker: A Man to Match the Mountains, Part III

There were 2,700 pioneer emigrants on the trail rolling west during the summer of 1846, with about 1,500 of them intent on reaching California....

Joseph R. Walker | A Man to Match the Mountains, Part II

In many ways Joseph Walker typified America’s 19th-Century mountain man. Described as a “bearded bear of a man who weighed more than 200 pounds,”...

Joseph R. Walker | A Man to Match the Mountains, Part I

From the 1820s until the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad after America’s Civil War in the late 1860s, the only feasible way...