Tahoe City in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Tahoe City's Constables
A story was told that Constable Watson offered his prisoners the option of sleeping on his kitchen floor rather than in the jail. It was a dank concrete bunker located on Commons Beach. The jail, presumably, never housed a prisoner.
Watson held the position until his death at the age of 77 years old in 1932. Two acting constables served until Harry Edward Johanson became the town’s second constable in early 1935. Harry Jo, as he was known, was an accomplished amateur athlete, Hollywood stunt double, former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, as well as trained architect.
Constable Johanson designed the new jail set against an embankment at Commons Beach. Prisoners had a view of the Tahoe City waterfront.
Johanson retired in 1967 after 32 years’ service. Times had changed - the jail had become a storage building for Tahoe City’s Public Utilities District and there was a new County Sheriff’s station.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 39° 10.176′ N, 120° 8.532′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from California 28 Sunnyside south of North Lake Tahoe Boulevard (California Highway 26). Marker is located along Heritage Plaza walk, not far from the North Tahoe Arts Gift Shop & Gallery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 299 California 28 Sunnyside, 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. Trains and Tourists (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Development & Conflict (about 600 feet away); Grand Central Hotel (about 700 feet away); The Watson Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Tahoe City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tahoe City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olympic Silver, 1956 to 1971 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoe City.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.