tahoe area history

Historic Sites of Lake Tahoe

According to history, Lake Tahoe belonged to the Paiute and Washoe people until 1844, when the area as 'discovered by John C. Fremont. Pioneers and settlers seeking a better life out west transformed the area at the turn of the century. Through fires, winter storms, the building of interstates and railroad tracks, plague, and mining booms and busts, the area has a rich history full of colorful characters. Explore North Lake Tahoe's role in American History through historic sites, museums and tours. 

Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site Located on the Eastern Shore of the lake, this secluded lodge was built by an eccentric San Francisco real estate magnate named George Whittell between 1936 and 1939. The property consists of a main lodge surrounded by three cottages, a card house, a boathouse, an elephant house, a lighthouse, three garages, and a gatehouse.

Vikingsholm Castle Located in Emerald Bay , this 'castle' was built as a summer home for Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight in 1929. It is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture existing in the United States. It is now a part of the Harvey West Unit of the Emerald Bay State Park, and the home is open for tours in the summer months and the grounds may be enjoyed all year around.

Jail Museum, Corner of Spring and Jibboom Streets,Trucke One of a few sruviging 29th century jailhouses and one of the few remaining original buildings in Truckee.