Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Lake Tahoe is one of the scenic wonders of the American West, a sapphire jewel that attracts millions of visitors each year. But the lake drew Native Americans to its summer shores for millennia, as well as more recent fortune hunters, scientists, and others.
Author Michael J. Makley examine Lake Tahoe is one of the scenic wonders of the American West, a sapphire jewel that attracts millions of visitors each year. Makley examines the geology and natural history of the lake and introduces the people who shaped its history, including the Washoe Indians and such colorful characters as Mark Twain and legendary teamster Hank Monk, and later figures like entertainer Frank Sinatra and Olympic skier Julia Mancuso.
He also covers the development of the lake's surrounding valley, including the impacts of mining, logging, and tourism, and the economic, political, and social controversies regarding the use and misuse of the lake's resources. Generously illustrated with historic photographs, this book is an engaging introduction to one of the most magnificent sites in the world. It also illuminates the challenges of protecting natural beauty and a fragile environment while preserving public access and a viable economy in the surrounding communities.
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Sort order. Sep 09, Deborah added it. Below feet, the lake's water is extremely cold, staying at 39 degrees F. And for the curious, Lake Tahoe never freezes because the huge volume of lake water is always in motion. Each winter, the cold water on the surface sinks while warm water rises from the deep. Some protected inlets like Emerald Bay have been covered with a layer of ice at times. So, let the locals have their moments by resisting the urge to say, "I knew that! The glorius peaks that surround Lake Tahoe are mountains of granite. This light gray, medium to coarse-grained rock is prevalent in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, along with other igneous rocks and metamorphic slate.
Granite is composed of two light-colored minerals, quartz and feldspar. Some granite appears to be salt and pepper in appearance due to the presence of darker colored minerals such as iron and magnesium. Much of the sandy, sterile soil in most of the region is composed primarily of decomposed granite rock. It is coarse in texture, low in plant nutrients and high in erosion potential. Fortunately, much of the sandy soil in the region is covered by a "duff" of fallen pine tree needles and decomposing natural materials.
This natural covering helps cushion and absorb rainfall, thus slowing the speed of natural erosion.
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When you visit the Lake Tahoe Basin, it is best to stay on established trails and roads in order to minimize the disturbance of this fragile surface condition. Tahoe's shores have attracted summer visitors for thousands of years. The discovery of stone artifacts and projectile points confirms the Washoes presence 10,00 years ago.
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They migrated each summer from the Carson Valley area seeking the cooler temperatures, abundant fish and plentiful game of Lake Tahoe. The Washoe women made exceptionally fine baskets of remarkable artistry. The Washoes considered "the jewel of the Sierra" the birthplace of their heritage. The area from Taylor Creek to Camp Richardson was a favorite site. Today they are known as the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
Sadly, the Washoe homeland nearly perished in a scant period of time during the Comstock Lode silver and logging boom during the s to early s. The natural resources of the region are still recovering from the mass deforestation that occurred during this relatively brief period of time. Fremont in February of His exploration party was guided by the legendary scout Christopher "Kit" Carson.
The party first viewed part of Lake Tahoe when they arrived at the top of Red Lake Peak, 10, feet elevation, at what is now Carson Pass. This area is located 20 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. In Kit Carson carved a trail over what is now called the Carson Pass. For many years thereafter, the area was virtually ignored. During the s Tahoe became the center of a lively commerce involving the silver mines in Virginia City and the Central Pacific Railroad, which was pushing over the Sierra toward the town of Truckee.
Wood was needed to supply the mines, the new boomtowns and the railroad. An extensive logging empire was established on the east shore of the lake from Incline Village to Glenbrook. The loggers clear-cut the entire shoreline until both the silver mines and the demand for timber petered out in the late s to early s. The scars of the logging industry lasted for decades. At this point in history the only industry that showed promise was tourism, so the rush began to build resorts.
In retrospect, from the turn of the 19th century small groups of diverse people discovered the lake's beauty and resources. Native Americans, explorers, early entrepreneurs, Basque sheepherders, Chinese laborers, and society's elite each contributed to the foundation of Tahoe's heritage. By action of the California state legislature in , Lake Tahoe became the official name of the lake. The Indian word "tahoe" means "big water.
To receive more information about attractions, special events, the Washoe culture and parks in the Lake Tahoe Basin, contact the following resources:. About Lake Tahoe Extensive, categorized on-line directory of Tahoe area activities, weather, accommodations, etc. Gold Country Best Guide to Lake Tahoe Online guide to Tahoe events, fishing, golfing, lodging, real estate, skiing, timeshares, and weather.
Having been on-the-air for 34 and 53 years respectively. Loyal local listeners are the key to our success! We are well known as the promotionally active Sierra Stations with involvement in community events around the Lake. Tune in today!! The Washoe display includes housing, artifacts, pictures and a slide presentation.
Visit the area the Washoe called home in the summer months.
A Short History of Lake Tahoe by Michael J. Makley
The Baldwin Museum, Washoe Gardens and special programs offer an opportunity to learn about the Washoe culture. Box West Lake Blvd. HWY 50, 10 minutes east of Placerville. Sign up for specials and promotions. Featured Properties. Find a Specific Property. Jump to a property:. Arrival Date:.