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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.

Jaw-dropping views at Stateline Fire Lookout

On some days there’s precious little time to invest in a major outing in the Tahoe Basin, but if you’re near the state line...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part IV

This year, American train buffs are celebrating the May 10, 1869, completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad. The 1862 Pacific Railroad Act was...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad | Part III

The United States’ Transcontinental Railroad represented a transportation revolution that stitched the country together from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, exponentially boosting communication, migration...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part II

Construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s was one of the great engineering feats in U.S. history; on May 10, America celebrated...

Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary | Part I

During the month of May, communities across the Western United States will be celebrating the sesquicentennial — 150th — anniversary of the completion of...

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...