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

Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926

Tourists Come to Lake Tahoe

 
 
Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
1. Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 Marker
Inscription. Think about the people who made Tahoe City what it is today. They were frontiersman and adventurers, hunters and fishermen, lumberjacks and miners, school teachers, newspapermen, and ladies of the night. They ranged from Washoe Indians, who called Tahoe their summer home, to wealthy San Franciscans who understood the reason why.

In 1900, Duane I. Bliss, switched from mining and lumbering interests to tourism. He built a narrow gage train line that carried tourists and freight from Truckee to Tahoe City.

The train ended on a long wharf, where you could hop on the Bliss-owned steamer Tahoe. After a beautiful day-trip around the lake, you could spend the night at his elegant Tahoe Tavern Resort just Ό mile south of Tahoe City.

Tahoe City was becoming a seasonal destination resort.

Notable People
Clarence and Katherine Atherton – Developed first grocery store • Walter S. Bickford – First lumber company and flush toilet • Charles Tobey “Bud” Bliss – Managed Tahoe Tavern Resort • Duane L. Bliss – Owner of steamer Tahoe and Tahoe Tavern Resort • George R. “Judge” Bliss – Managed LTR&T (Railroad) Co. • Bliss Hinkle – First high school teacher • Olga “Bennie”Mayhew – Opened first eatery • Ernest Henry
Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
2. Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 Marker
Pomin – Chief railroad machinist • Ernest John Pomin – First captain of steamer Tahoe • Joseph H. “Cappy Joe” Pomin – Captain of steamers Tallac and Mamie • Robert Montgomery Watson – Trail blazer and first constable
 
Erected 2008 by Rotory Club of Tahoe City.
 
Location. 39° 10.292′ N, 120° 8.4′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from North Lake Boulevard (State Highway 26), on the right when traveling east. 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 Begins, 1860 to 1895 (here, next to this marker); Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 (here, next to this marker); Post War, 1946 to 1955 (here, next to this marker); Olympic Silver, 1956 to 1971 (here, next to this marker); Early Tahoe City (a few steps from this marker); Tahoe City (a few steps from this marker); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (a few steps from this marker); The Watson Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
Regarding Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926.
Heritage Plaza - Location of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
3. Heritage Plaza - Location of the Marker
The Truckee Donner Railroad Society writes:
“Driven by increasing tourism in the area, the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company incorporated in December 1898, and first opened May 1, 1900. Much of the rail and motive power was acquired from the abandoned Lake Tahoe Railroad, G. W. Chubbuck railroad, and Lake Valley Railroad. Initially it was a narrow gauge line, running from the Central Pacific Railroad station in downtown Truckee up the Truckee River to the shores of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City. The trip ended on a wharf where it met up with steamships that traveled to tourist destinations around Lake Tahoe. It was operated in the tourist season from May 15th to November 15th.
In 1925 the line was leased to Southern Pacific, and converted to standard gauge on May 1, 1926. This allowed round trips to be offered from Oakland and Reno.
By World War II, the advancement of roads and automobile traffic doomed the short line. It was abandoned November 10, 1943."
Source: http://www.truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com/history/history.htm
 
Also see . . .
1. The Steamer Tahoe. The Tahoe lies at the bottom of Lake Tahoe after being purposely sunk in 1940. She was not able to compete with the many roads around Lake Tahoe and her owners felt this was the best way to dispose of her…as
Tahoe City Waterfront, Buildings and Pier, Circa 1900 image. Click for full size.
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
4. Tahoe City Waterfront, Buildings and Pier, Circa 1900
the only other alternative was to sell her for scrap metal. In 2002 divers located her, filmed her and placed a plaque to honor the Bliss Family. (Submitted on August 25, 2010.) 

2. Nautical History of Lake Tahoe. History of a few selected steamers from Lake Tahoe including the Tahoe (Submitted on August 25, 2010.) 

3. Duane L. Bliss. A short biography of Duane Bliss. (Submitted on August 26, 2010.) 
 
Additional keywords. Tourism
 
The Steamer <i>Mamie</i>, Circa 1898 image. Click for full size.
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
5. The Steamer Mamie, Circa 1898
This photo of the Mamie is at the Tallac Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, Captained by "Cappy Joe" Pomin.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   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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