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Near South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Tahoe By Car

Automotive Adventures

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. Tahoe By Car Marker
Inscription.  Imagine what an adventure it must have been for Tahoe’s early motorists. Traveling in open-air Model Ts and Oldsmobiles, vacationers began driving as roads connected the Lake’s recreation spots. Completed in 1913, a rough road around Emerald Bay linked Tahoe’s south and west shores. Today the highway is known as Highway 89.

Workers spent months dynamiting the route out of granite to complete the road. A popular steamer excursion brought vacationers to the bay to witness the rocks being blasted hundreds of feet in the air. With the completion of the road and others around the lake, commercial steamers began to lose their appeal as transportation. In 1940, the steamer Tahoe was deliberately sunk off Tahoe’s east shore.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 38° 56.792′ N, 120° 5.905′ W. Marker is near South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Emerald Bay Road (State Highway 89), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Inspiration
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By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. Tahoe By Car Marker
Point Rest Area. 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. Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle (here, next to this marker); Da ow a ga – Lake Tahoe (here, next to this marker); The Hermit of Emerald Bay (here, next to this marker); Fannette Island (here, next to this marker); Enjoy the View from Inspiration Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover the Tallac Historic Site (approx. 2.8 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.
 
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By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. Tahoe By Car Marker
The Highway 89 cut in the mountain across Emerald Bay can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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