Tahoe dam 100-year anniversary, Part I

Amidst all the hoopla this summer about the 150th anniversary of the founding of Tahoe City, let’s not forget that 2013 also is the...

Western States 100: Run into the Past

During this last weekend in June, elite international ultra-marathon runners are converging on Olympic Valley for the world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail...

Madness at Meadow Lake

Gold fever was running hot among Sierra prospectors during the summer of 1863, and mining rushes swept the region. News of big gold strikes...

1863: Truckee is born

In 2013, the town of Truckee celebrates its founding 150 years ago. In 1863, Joseph Gray erected Gray’s Toll Station along the Truckee River in...

Camels: A Desert Military Experiment

The crazy idea of importing camels to the United States got its start back in 1836 during the Second Seminole War, when Army quartermaster...

Death knell for Tom Bell

In the early 1850s, a former medical doctor and his gang of rough and ready road agents terrorized travelers in the Gold Rush camps...

Memorial Day Flash Flood, Part II

Nature is capricious and chaotic. Remote and random events sometimes combine to produce cataclysmic forces of destruction. Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches and floods exact...

1983 Memorial Day Flash Flood, Part I

It’s been 30 years since the big winter of 1983 triggered a massive landslide on Slide Mountain near Carson City, a cataclysmic event that...

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Train Adventure

Author Robert Louis Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Osbourne, a married California woman nine years older than he. In 1879, Fanny sent the...

Whisky is for Drinking: Water is for Fighting Over

With most resorts now closed for the season, it’s a good time to look back at the highly unusual 2013 winter. December started off...