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Near South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Discover the Tallac Historic Site

 
 
Discover the Tallac Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. Discover the Tallac Historic Site Marker
Inscription. This site has been a haven for many people over the centuries. The local indigenous group, the Washoe, came here from the valleys of the Eastern Sierras to escape the desert heat, gather food, and enjoy the mountain atmosphere.

In the 1870ís, the scenic area at the foot of Mount Tallac became a recreational playground as people flocked to Tahoe from all over the state. Bay area entrepreneur Lucky Baldwin bought a large tract of land here; logging stopped and leisure started.

The Tallac Historic Site is made up of three summer estates and the remains of the original Tallac Resort. The historic buildings and grounds are being restored by volunteers and interpreted for the public to enjoy.

Ask for the Tallac Resort self-guided walking tour brochure at the Baldwin Museum
 
Erected by Tallac Historic Site, Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the US Forest Service.
 
Location. 38° 56.328′ N, 120° 2.894′ W. Marker is near South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Heritage Way east of Emerald Bay Road (California Highway 89). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Lake Tahoe CA 96150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this
Discover the Tallac Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. Discover the Tallac Historic Site Marker
Kiosk and marker are located at the parking area as you enter the historic site grounds.
marker, measured as the crow flies. Baldwin House & Tallac Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pope Estate (about 500 feet away); Tahoe By Car (approx. 2.8 miles away); Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle (approx. 2.8 miles away); Da ow a ga – Lake Tahoe (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fannette Island (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Hermit of Emerald Bay (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 6 miles away in Nevada). Click for a list of all markers in South Lake Tahoe.
 
Regarding Discover the Tallac Historic Site. See "Nearby Markers" for additional information, photos and "Also See" links.
 
Additional keywords. Historic Resorts
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Sign at Entrance to Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. Sign at Entrance to Historic Site
Tahoe Heritage Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
4. Tahoe Heritage Foundation
This log bearing “Tahoe Heritage Foundation” is surrounded by donor plaques and one historical plaque describing the tree. See photo #5.
Plaque Located to the Right of “Tahoe Heritage Foundation” Log image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
5. Plaque Located to the Right of “Tahoe Heritage Foundation” Log
These logs were cut from an old growth tree that fell just a few yards away. The seedling sprouted in 1690, was preserved by “Lucky” Baldwin, and fell in a 1996 windstorm at the age of 306.
”My land acquisition will save
this vast forest from the
beauty-destroying ax of the
woodsman
so that the magnificent pines
and cedars may be admired
by generations to come.”
E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin
Tallac Restoration Volunteer Program image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
6. Tallac Restoration Volunteer Program
[This wayside marker is located on the walkway between the Baldwin House and the Pope Estate.]

A Work in Progress
Every year, generous people from all over the country volunteer their time and talents to help the Forest Service fulfill its mission to preserve and protect this unique, historic resource. The Tallac Historic Site would not exist today if not for the efforts of countless volunteers. The structures and grounds continue to be preserved, maintained, and interpreted thanks primarily to the many volunteer hours they have contributed over the past 25 years.
The Tallac Site also benefits greatly from donated time and effort of local volunteers and partners who work to expand and enhance the activities of the Tallac Historic Site.
The Baldwin House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
7. The Baldwin House
The Pope Estate House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
8. The Pope Estate House
The front of the house facing the lake.
Wayne 515 Pump image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
9. Wayne 515 Pump
Plaque reads:
Wayne 515 Pump
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Circa 1920
This "Fill and Serve" pump was originally located on the Baldwin Estate. Restored by a Tallac Site volunteer, the pump has been relocated to the Pope Estate. The old vehicle wash-pad allowed employees to wash and gas a guest's vehicle prior to storage the garage.
View of Lake Tahoe Seen From the Front Entrance of the Baldwin House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
10. View of Lake Tahoe Seen From the Front Entrance of the Baldwin House
The <i>Mamie</i> at Tallac Resort on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, Circa 1898 image. Click for full size.
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
11. The Mamie at Tallac Resort on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, Circa 1898
 
 
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