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South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Fannette Island
 
Fannette Island Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. Fannette Island Marker
 
Inscription.
Tahoeís Only Island
Over the last 100 years, Tahoeís only island has been known by a number of names. In 1866, a group of young vacationers dreamed up the first name, Coquette, a word referring to a flirtatious or seductive woman. Attracted to the islandís beauty, the group found the climb to the top of the small island impossible.

The island inspired other names, such as Dead Manís and Hermitís Island after Captain Dick Barter. As the sole caretaker of a nearby resort, Barter lived at Emerald Bay and died in one of the lakeís winter storms. Also called, Baronoffi Island and Emerald Isle, the islandís current name, Fannette, is thought to be a mis-interpretation of the islandís original name Coquette.

Mrs. Knightís Teahouse
Find the small stone building at the top of the island. Built as the same time as Vikingsholm, Mrs. Knight had stone hauled to the island for construction. The rustic 16 by 16 foot house served as Mrs. Knightís teahouse. Visited only a few times each summer, she brought her guests to the island by boat.
 
Location. 38° 56.792′ N, 120° 5.905′ W. Marker is in South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Emerald Bay Road (State Highway
 
Fannette Island Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. Fannette Island Marker
Fannette Island can be seen on the far left.
 
89), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Inspiration Point Rest Area. 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 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hermit of Emerald Bay (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.
 
Also see . . .  Fannette Island. California State Parks information on Fannette Island. (Submitted on August 30, 2010.) 
 
Emerald Bay and Fannette Island Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. Emerald Bay and Fannette Island
 
 
Mrs. Knight's Teahouse Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
4. Mrs. Knight's Teahouse
The small stone structure at the top of the mountain.
 
 
Fannette Island Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
5. Fannette Island
Rising 150 feet above the bay, the island is a knob of granite that resisted the scouring of glaciers thousands of years ago.
 
 
Fannette Island Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, August 7, 2009
6. Fannette Island
 
 
Fannette Island Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, August 7, 2009
7. Fannette Island
 
 
Fannette Island Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, August 7, 2009
8. Fannette Island
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 724 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.
 
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