California Bound: The Grigsby-Ide Party, Part III

William Brown Ide and his fellow American pioneers who arrived with the 1845 overland migration into Alta California were well aware of the numerous...

From mining camp to verdant meadows | Elizabethtown Meadows Trail

Few people know about the silver strike and mining boom near Lake Tahoe back in the 1860s, but for a short period of time...

California Bound: The Grigsby-Ide Party, Part II

When it comes to America’s western emigration movements in the mid-19th Century, historians and authors have understandably focused on two iconic wagon trains. Captain...

New release of “Tales from Two Valleys”

With the 70th anniversary of Squaw Valley in 2019 and the 60th anniversary of the 1960 Olympics in 2020, Arcadia Publishing will release the...

California Bound: The Grigsby-Ide Party, Part I

After so many books, articles, movies and documentaries about the Donner Party, it seems safe to say that many, if not most, of the...

Nevada Rolls the Dice, Part II

When Congress repealed Prohibition in 1933, it was yesterday’s news in Reno, Nev. Because of Nevada’s prior legalization of wide-open gambling in 1931, along...

Truckee Walking Tour | Historic roots on High Street

Truckee has an amazing history and with the right set of facts and intriguing stories, this railroad-logging town can come alive. As in most...

Nevada Rolls the Dice, Part I

The Gold Rush opened the American West to multitudes of young, reckless men flocking to California, later followed by the draw of Nevada mining...

The California-Nevada Border War

After the United States victory in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), both countries signed a treaty giving the U.S. nearly half of Mexico’s original sovereign...

Vigilante Hanging in Reno

In the second half of the 19th Century, vigilante activism was common throughout the West. During the 1850s, businessmen in San Francisco organized vigilance...