Near South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Hermit of Emerald Bay
An Eccentric Caretaker
Originally an English sailor, Barter was known to row all the way to Tahoe City to visit the saloons. One such trip in 1870 nearly killed him. While rowing home, his small dinghy capsized in a sudden winter storm. The 65-year old sailor tied himself to the dinghy and rode out the storm. Afterward, Barter is said to have amputated two of his frostbitten toes with his carving knife and saved the toes to show visitors.
Location. 38° 56.792′ N, 120° 5.905′ W. Marker is near South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Emerald Bay Road (State Highway 89), on the right when traveling north. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fannette Island (here, next to this marker); Tahoe By Car (here, next to this marker); Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle (here, next to this marker); Da ow a ga – Lake Tahoe (here, next to this marker); Discover the Tallac Historic Site (approx. 2.8 miles away); Baldwin House & Tallac Museum (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Pope Estate (approx. 2.8 miles away); Pine Lodge-Erhman Mansion (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in South Lake Tahoe.
Regarding The Hermit of Emerald Bay. "In Ben Holladay's house at Emerald Bay is a masterly piece of workmanship in the shape of a full rigged man-of-war, with men, guns and all the usual appurtenances and appliances. This Dick made during his hermitage, and for the remainder of his time he floated idly upon the lake, took charge of Holladay's house and grounds, or worked upon his own grave! Strange as it may appear, on a rock island in Emerald Bay, he fashioned a grave out of solid rock, built over it a house, erected above it a Catholic cross, and gave directions to have his body placed
Sacramento Daily Record-Union, May 29, 1875.
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