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....

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

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....

Tahoe Dam 100 Year Anniversary, Part II

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

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...