South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Enjoy the View from Inspiration Point
Residents & Visitors
For thousands of years, Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay has drawn people to its shores. The Washoe Indians made their summer homes here, fishing in the bay and hunting and gathering in the nearby forests.
In the early 19th century, trappers and explorers first sighted the lake when crossing the Sierras north and south of Tahoe. Soon after, the California gold rush of 1849 drew miners west across the mountains. Ten years later, the discovery of silver of silver in Nevada drew these miners east, back across the Sierras.
The 1880s brought wealthy vacationers to Lake Tahoe from San Francisco, Sacramento and Virginia City. Emerald Bay became a favorite stopover point for many, who traveled about the lake by steamer boats. A rustic resort called Kirby's Camp soon appeared with a hotel, guest cottages and a campground on the bay.
Tahoe's Steamer Age
With only a few tough roads connecting the remote settlements on the lake, boats provided the best means of transportation.
One steamer, the Tahoe, became famous for its moonlight excursions where the rich and the famous for its moonlight excursions where the rich and famous danced until dawn. Known as the 'Queen of the Lake,' the slim and graceful steamer was launched in 1896. Able to carry 200 passengers, the Tahoe sported a private dining room and elegant furnishings of mahogany, brass and leather.
Erected by USDA Forest Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 38° 56.807′ N, 120° 5.895′ W. Marker is in South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Emerald Bay Rd (California Route 89). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Lake Tahoe CA 96150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tahoe By Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Vikingsholm A Scandinavian Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Da ow a ga Lake Tahoe (within shouting distance of this Fannette Island (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hermit of Emerald Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover the Tallac Historic Site (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lucky's Legacy (approx. 2.8 miles away); Welcome to the Historic Tallac Resort (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Lake Tahoe.
More about this marker. Marker is located in the Inspiration Point Scenic Overlook. Parking is sometimes quite limited.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. 3. submitted on January 22, 2018. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.