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Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin
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Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally published author 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.

Great Reno Fire of 1879

The fires in northern California were the worst in California history. More than 6,000 homes were destroyed and more than 40 people lost their...

Be Grateful on Thanksgiving Day

At a time when virtually everything seems politicized and polarized, the Thanksgiving holiday is one moment for Americans to put aside the daily strife,...

What’s in store for this winter?

It happens every year like clockwork. October brings shorter days and colder nights. It’s also that time of year when weather prophets come forth...

Cannibals in the West

Murder and cannibalism are two of modern society’s most serious legal and cultural taboos. Readers of this column may remember Louis Keseberg, a member...

Hike into History | Explore historic Donner Pass

The Donner Pass region is at the crossroads of a nation, where Native Americans traveled for millennia, emigrant wagon trains made their way to...

Bones of Contention | Donner Party Archeology

The winter of 2016-17 represents the 170th anniversary of the Donner Party incident, when 81 California-bound men, women and children were trapped at Donner...

Hike into History | Incline Flume Trail

The Incline Flume Trail is a real gem. For ease of access, lake and mountain views, minimal elevation change, historical relevance and overall great...

The Reno Wheelmen Bicycle Team

In the early 1850s, progressive leaders in the nascent women’s liberation movement discovered turkish dress or bloomers, which gave women a newfound freedom of...

Len Harris | Southern Pacific’s Heroic Detective

After a bold train robbery in 1870, when more than $41,000 was heisted from a Central Pacific express near Verdi, Nev., Central Pacific Railroad...

2016-17: Wettest Winter? Yes. Snowiest? Nope.

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