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

The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum

 
 
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Left Side Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Left Side Marker
Inscription.
[First Marker – Located on the left:]
The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society (NLTHS) operates and maintains the Gatekeeper’s Museum, The Marion Steinback Indian Basket Museum, the Watson Cabin Living Museum (located above Commons Beach) and William B. Layton Park. The organization was founded by: Betty Layton, the manager of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce; Gardner Mein, President of the Chamber of Commerce; David Stollery, an Historian and Author; and Judge C.W.Vernon.

Hoping to purchase the Gatekeeper’s Cabin and surrounding land, the Board of Directors of the NLTHS began negotiations with Sierra Pacific Power in 1969. California State Parks ultimately purchased the parcel in 1978. The NLTHS operates on State Parks land through a special contract.

On July 9, 1981, the Gatekeeper’s Museum opened to the public. The Museum features the history of Lake Tahoe and includes exhibits on the area that illustrate: Native Americans: local pioneers; natural history and the Ellen Attardi Library. The Edmund S. Barnett/Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum addition opened in 1995. This collection includes approximately 800 baskets from over 85 tribes and Native American tools, pottery and dolls.

[Second Marker – Located on the right:]
The first dam on Lake Tahoe,
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Right Side Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Right Side Marker
a stone and timber crib, stretched across the outlet in 1870. Water flow was restricted to float logs downstream and to generate power. In 1913, the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam was completed across the mouth of the Truckee River. A newly hired gatekeeper recorded daily lake levels and adjusted the 17 outflow gates as needed.

The original cabin on this site was built for the gatekeeper and his family. Arthur Smith, the first Gatekeeper, and his wife Emma were the first to make this area their home. The cabin had the community’s only flush toilet and a telephone.

Emma died during the flu epidemic of 1918, and Arthur left. Leroy Paul, a University of Nevada Engineering School graduate served four years as the next gatekeeper. W.A. Simmonds and his wife Ida lived here for 24 years supplementing their income by renting out tent cabins on the property.

Art Frodenberg, Ida’s son by a former marriage, became the next Gatekeeper in 1949. Mr. Frodenberg served as Gatekeeper until 1960 when Daryl DeWalt, his son-in-law, became the Gatekeeper.

The newly appointed Federal Water master based in Reno, Nevada took over responsibility for operation of the dam in 1968. The Dewalts vacated the cabin and closed the small trailer park that they had operated on the property.

The original cabin was destroyed by arson fire and rebuilt on the original foundation
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Markers
by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
 
Erected by North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 9.997′ N, 120° 8.636′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from West Lake Boulevard (State Highway 89) west of State Highway 28. Click for map. Marker is located near the Gatekeepers Cabin at William B. Layton Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 West 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. A Safe Harbor (a few steps from this marker); The Sacred Lake (a few steps from this marker); William B. Layton Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Duane Leroy Bliss (within shouting distance of this marker); Tahoe City's Constables (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Watson Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Tahoe City (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
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Photo Displayed on Left Marker Photo, Click for full size
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
4. Photo Displayed on Left Marker
Gatekeeper's Cabin - 1975
Photo Displayed on Right Marker Photo, Click for full size
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
5. Photo Displayed on Right Marker
William and Ida Simmonds
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North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
6. Photo Displayed on Right Marker
William and Ida Simmonds
Photo Displayed on Right Marker Photo, Click for full size
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
7. Photo Displayed on Right Marker
Cabin, 1960
The Re-Built Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
8. The Re-Built Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum
 

 
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