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...

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...

Great Gatsby Living History Festival

The Roaring 1920s come alive during the annual Great Gatsby Living History Festival on Aug. 11 and 12 at the Pope/Baldwin Estates at Tallac...

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...

Chambers Landing | Tahoe’s oldest bar

In Homewood in the late 19th Century, the “Tahoe Steamer” used to pull up to a dock that led to a building that housed...

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...