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

The Plentiful Lake

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, November 12, 2016
1. The Plentiful Lake Marker
Inscription. Just as you may have come to fish these waters today, so have native people for thousands of years. Natives of the Tahoe Sierra fished the waters from Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake for food. Depending on the season, they pulled Lahonton Cutthroat, Mountain Whitefish, Tui Chub, Cui Ui fish and many others from the productive waters. They took care to keep all the fish species plentiful.

The simplest gathering method was to club large fish in shallow water. They also spun fishing line from local plant fibers, used sharpened bone-sliver gorges, and worms, minnows, or fish eggs for bait. Basket making skills came into use to create dip and lift nets for capturing adult fish and small fry. Natives even recycled worn basket trays as fish scoops. Other capture methods incuded gill nets anchored by stone weights. Stone traps and stick weirs also guided fish into a confined space, where a two-pronged willow branch served as a spear.

They split, boned and dried their fish whole on scaffolds, shrubs, trees, in baskets or over fires, then strung them in great willow-bound bundles. The natives of the Tahoe Sierra also ate broiled fresh fish. Minnows and fish eggs were dried, milled in metates or mortars, and mixed with seed or flour for high protein flatbread.
 
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The Plentiful Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, November 12, 2016
2. The Plentiful Lake Marker
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 9.997′ N, 120° 8.633′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from West Lake Blvd north of Tahoe Tavern Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tradition of Basketmaking (here, next to this marker); Lake Tahoe (here, next to this marker); The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum (here, next to 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); Conflict Over Water (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located within the William B. Layton State Park.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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