Tahoe City in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Early Tahoe City
William Poman was one of the first town residents. He opened a saloon at Outlet Point, the location where the Lower Truckee River drains Lake Tahoe. Other early residents included M.L. King, who operated the Tahoe City Hotel and James C. Chesroon who built the first pier to accommodate the lake’s new steamboat, the Governor Blaisdel. So successful was the hotel that new ownership took over and expanded it into the Grand Central Hotel in 1871.
By 1874 the town boasted a record of 15 year-round residents. Change was looming over this prosperous community. The need for lumber for mining and railway construction nearly consumed all the supply of timber and railway access furthered the rate at which native Lahontan cutthroat trout populations plummeted. Finally, with the mines exhausted, the stage was
Erected 2008 by Rotory Club of Tahoe City.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 10.289′ N, 120° 8.406′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from North Lake Boulevard (State Highway 28) west of Grove Street. Marker is located at Heritage Plaza next to the Watson Cabin Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tahoe City (here, next to this marker); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (here, next to this marker); Tahoe City Begins, 1860 to 1895 (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 (a few steps from this marker); Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 (a few steps from this marker); Post War, 1946 to 1955 (a few steps from this marker); Olympic Silver, 1956 to 1971 (a few steps from this marker); The Watson Cabin (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoe City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.