South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Da ow a ga – Lake Tahoe
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. 38° 56.792′ N, 120° 5.905′ W. Marker is in 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 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 Tahoe By Car (here, next to this marker); Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle (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.
Regarding Da ow a ga – Lake Tahoe. Tahoe's shores have attracted summer visitors for thousands of years. The first humans to enjoy the Lake Tahoe Basin were the Native American culture group know as the Washoe. The discovery of stone artifacts and projectile points confirms the Washoe presence 10,00 years ago. They migrated each summer from the Carson Valley area seeking the cooler temperatures, abundant fish and plentiful game of Lake Tahoe. The Washoe women made exceptionally fine baskets of remarkable artistry.
"Da-ow-a-ga" was the Wahsoe Indian name for Lake Tahoe. The Washoes considered "the jewel of the Sierra" the birthplace of their heritage. The area from Taylor Creek to Camp Richardson was a favorite site. Today they are known as the Washoe Tribe of Nevada
Sadly, the Washoe homeland nearly perished in a scant period of time during the Comstock Lode silver and logging boom during the 1860s to early 1880s. The natural resources of the region are still recovering from the mass deforestation that occurred during this relatively brief period of time.
Source: Lake Tahoe Vacation Guide - http://www.tahoevacationguide.com/laketahoe.html
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,125 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.