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Tahoe City in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Early Tahoe City

 
 
Early Tahoe City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
1. Early Tahoe City Marker
Inscription. Tahoe City of the 1860s was a very different place than today. The first businesses include hay production, logging and fishing for native Lahontan cutthroat trout. Comstock Lode silver mining created short-lived boomtowns like Knoxville, Claraville, and Virginia City. This led to expanding business opportunities in Tahoe City.

William Poman was one of the first town residents. He opened a saloon at Outlet Point, the location where the Lower Truckee River drains Lake Tahoe. Other early residents included M.L. King, who operated the Tahoe City Hotel and James C. Chesroon who built the first pier to accommodate the lake’s new steamboat, the Governor Blaisdel. So successful was the hotel that new ownership took over and expanded it into the Grand Central Hotel in 1871.

By 1874 the town boasted a record of 15 year-round residents. Change was looming over this prosperous community. The need for lumber for mining and railway construction nearly consumed all the supply of timber and railway access furthered the rate at which native Lahontan cutthroat trout populations plummeted. Finally, with the mines exhausted, the stage was set for sweeping change in Tahoe City.
 
Erected 2008 by Rotory Club of Tahoe City.
 
Location. 39° 10.289′ 
Early Tahoe City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
2. Early Tahoe City Marker
The closest marker is the "Tahoe City's 'Big Tree'" marker, the center marker is "Tahoe City" and this marker is at the far right.
N, 120° 8.406′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from North Lake Boulevard (State Highway 28) west of Grove Street. Click for map. Marker is located at Heritage Plaza next to the Watson Cabin Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tahoe City (here, next to this marker); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (here, next to this marker); Tahoe City Begins, 1860 to 1895 (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 (a few steps from this marker); Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 (a few steps from this marker); Post War, 1946 to 1955 (a few steps from this marker); Olympic Silver, 1956 to 1971 (a few steps from this marker); The Watson Cabin (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Commons Bluff, Front Street, 1880
Lower Photo:
Pomin family, 1st Tahoe house, 1870
Tahoe City Waterfront, Buildings and Pier image. Click for full size.
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, circa 1900
4. Tahoe City Waterfront, Buildings and Pier
Photo Display at the Watson Cabin Museum image. Click for full size.
5. Photo Display at the Watson Cabin Museum
Click on photo to enlarge image and to read the photo captions.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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