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

Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945

Visions for a Two-Season Resort

 
 
Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
1. Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 Marker
Inscription.  In 1925, the Southern Pacific Railroad bought Tahoe Tavern and the railroad from Duane L. Bliss. They changed the narrow-gauge railroad to standard tracks and attempted to clear them of snow during the winter. Their vision was to turn Tahoe City into a two-season resort.

In 1938, residents, fed up with their private water company, voted to create the first local government in the Tahoe Basin. The Tahoe City Public Utility District formed and Bill Vernon was appointed the first general manager. By the early 40’s middle class travelers arrived by car. Families took advantage of the new campgrounds and resorts.

World War II started. To aid the war effort, Southern Pacific pulled up the tracks for steel. Wartime rationing reduced tourism and many people moved out of town.

With the end of the war in 1945 came improved roads to Tahoe City. Fishing was popular again, as was a new hobby – water-skiing. Business was still slow after Labor Day – few people wanting to endure Tahoe winters.

Notable People
Carl Bechdolt, Sr. – Proprietor of the Tahoe Inn • Arthur Daniel Brodehl –
Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
2. Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 Marker
Captain of mail boat, Marian B • Mrs. Matt (Theil) Green – Women’s Club first president • Norman Mayfield – Founded Tahoe Boat Company • Janet Pomin Watson – Tahoe City Postmaster • Robert H. “Rob” Watson – Building commissioner and inspector • Herbert S. “Bert” Watson – Engineer on steamer Tahoe and tackle shop owner • Stella Tong Watson – First local school bus driver • Judge C.W. “Bill” Vernon – First general manager of Tahoe City Public Utility District
 
Erected 2008 by Rotory Club of Tahoe City.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 39° 10.292′ N, 120° 8.4′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from North Lake Boulevard (State Highway 26), on the right when traveling east. 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 Begins, 1860 to 1895 (here, next to this marker); Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 (here, next to this marker); Post War, 1946 to 1955 (here, next to this marker); Olympic Silver, 1956 to 1971
Heritage Plaza - Location of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
3. Heritage Plaza - Location of the Marker
(here, next to this marker); Early Tahoe City (a few steps from this marker); Tahoe City (a few steps from this marker); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (a few steps from this marker); The Watson Cabin (within shouting distance of 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 26, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 717 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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Oct. 24, 2020