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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.

Echo Lakes | Gateway to Desolation Wilderness

There are many spectacular hikes in the Tahoe Sierra, but the trail to Lower and Upper Echo Lakes is the only one I’m aware...

Jedediah Smith: Adventures of a Mountain Man

Nearly 200 years ago in 1824, a small contingent of American mountain men blazed a trail across the Continental Divide and through the formidable...

William Sharon, King of the Comstock: Part IV

Retired U.S. Senator William T. Sharon was shocked when police accosted him at a train station on charges of adultery in 1883, especially since...

William Sharon, King of the Comstock: Part III

Despite his position as an elected Nevada senator, William Sharon spent virtually all his time in San Francisco where his Bank of California was...

William Sharon, King of the Comstock: Part II

William Sharon was a visionary capitalist during the Gilded Age in the latter decades of the 1800s, when American industrialization expanded rapidly and produced...

William Sharon, King of the Comstock: Part I

William T. Sharon may have smugly welcomed his royal moniker, “King of the Comstock,” but it brought him little respect or fealty from the...

Chinese Laborers Built Sierra Railroad

Today the community of Truckee is a recreational paradise that’s complemented by a downtown of boutique retail stores and a sophisticated dining scene, but...

Triple Crown | Webber Lake, Webber Falls & Lacey Meadows

If you ever want to cut loose from the summer crowds in Tahoe, drive 17 miles north of Truckee on State Route 89 to...

May “Queenie” Dunn: Tahoe Golf Pioneer: Part II

It’s been 100 years since the opening of the Tahoe City Golf Course, making it one of the oldest, continuously operating public courses in...

May “Queenie” Dunn, Tahoe Golf Pioneer: Part I

May “Queenie” Dunn-Webb was already a rock star in the world of golf when she was hired in 1917 by Charles Bliss, managing owner...