El Niño ’83: A monster winter, Part I

  At this point, it would be nearly impossible to find someone who hasn’t heard that a strong El Niño is brewing in the equatorial...

Lake Tahoe: Breeding ground of champions, Part I

Most of us take it for granted that the Tahoe-Truckee region will be well represented by local star athletes at virtually every top tier...

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...

Verdi Train Robbery: Part I

Most motorists driving past the small town of Verdi never give much thought about this little community located on the Nevada side of the...

Wašiw gawagayay | Talk Wašiw

The Washoe language was traditionally spoken around Lake Tahoe, but today it is one of the most vulnerable aspects of continuing Washoe culture or...

The Chinese Transcontinental Railroad

The construction of the Transcontinental Railroad was not only a feat but also a competition between two railroads, the western Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR)...

Duane L. Bliss: An Unusual Tahoe Visionary, Part II

Duane Leroy Bliss made a fortune as a timber baron, whose industry destroyed much of Lake Tahoe’s old growth forest in the 19th century....

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...

Lucky Baldwin: A Tahoe entrepreneur, Part II

Tallac Hotel and old growth trees. | Mark McLaughlin Lucky Baldwin made a lot of money investing in Nevada silver mines, but his 1880 purchase...

Crazy Sutro: Engineer with tunnel vision

  They called him crazy, but he contributed significantly to the success of the early West. In San Francisco, the name Adolph Sutro stirs memories...