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

Tahoe City's Constables

 
 
Tahoe City's Constables Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
1. Tahoe City's Constables Marker
Inscription. In 1901 Tahoe City needed a constable. There was an influx of workers and summer visitors expected with the completion of a 15-mile railroad line from Truckee and the opening of the 400-room hotel, The Tahoe Tavern. Robert Montgomery Watson, an accomplished horseman, lumberman, and trailblazer, got the job.

A story was told that Constable Watson offered his prisoners the option of sleeping on his kitchen floor rather than in the jail. It was a dank concrete bunker located on Commons Beach. The jail, presumably, never housed a prisoner.

Watson held the position until his death at the age of 77 years old in 1932. Two acting constables served until Harry Edward Johanson became the town’s second constable in early 1935. Harry Jo, as he was known, was an accomplished amateur athlete, Hollywood stunt double, former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, as well as trained architect.

Constable Johanson designed the new jail set against an embankment at Commons Beach. Prisoners had a view of the Tahoe City waterfront.

Johanson retired in 1967 after 32 years’ service. Times had changed - the jail had become a storage building for Tahoe City’s Public Utilities District and there was a new County Sheriff’s station.
 
Location. 39° 10.176′ N, 120° 8.532′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can
Tahoe City's Constables Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
2. Tahoe City's Constables Marker
The jail is seen in the background
be reached from California 28 Sunnyside south of North Lake Tahoe Boulevard (California Highway 26). Click for map. Marker is located along Heritage Plaza walk, not far from the North Tahoe Arts Gift Shop & Gallery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 299 California 28 Sunnyside, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand Central Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Watson Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Tahoe City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tahoe City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tahoe City Begins, 1860 to 1895 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
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Tahoe City's old jail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
3. Tahoe City's old jail
Tahoe City's old jail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
4. Tahoe City's old jail
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
5. Photos Displayed on Marker
From left: Constable Watson 1930 Courtsey of NLTHS photo, Watson collection Top right: Johanson and Viking, 1941 Courtsey of C.W. Vernon photo, LV. Farr collection Bottom right: Harry Johanson, 1937 Courtsey of C.W. Vernon photo, LV. Farr collection
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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