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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.

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...

Truckee Vigilantes | Part IV The Killing of D.B. Frink

In the 1870s and 1880s, most of Truckee’s residents and businessmen backed the unauthorized policing provided by vigilantes who rid the town of undesirable...

Chinese Catfish Pond: Mountain Myth?

If you live in or visit the Tahoe Sierra long enough, you’ll hear just about every far-fetched scheme or story imaginable. For a long...

Truckee Vigilantes: Origins of the 601 Movement, Part III

The discovery of gold in California 150 years ago in 1848 generated the greatest volunteer human migration in history, but the population explosion occurred...

Truckee Vigilantes: Origins of the 601 Movement, Part II

The Old Jail in downtown Truckee. During the second half of the 19th...

Truckee Vigilantes: Origins of Extrajudicial Violence in the West, Part I

1856 Vigilante hanging in San Francisco. | Courtesy Harper's Illustrated In the second half...

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...