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

Development & Conflict

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, November 12, 2016
1. Development & Conflict Marker
Inscription. In the 1890s, the decline in silver mining on the Comstock in Nevada reduced the demand for lumber from the Lake Tahoe basin. Local businessman Duane L. Bliss, owner of Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company, recognized a new business opportunity at Tahoe City: tourism.

Bliss dismantled his operation at Glenbrook and shipped the company's buildings on barges across the lake. Then he built a railroad line to the pier at Commons Beach and began construction on a grand hotel, the Tahoe Tavern. On the pier at Tahoe Commons, he built the two-story Tahoe Mercantile.

Many people opposed this encroachment on public lands. Once local lumberman, Walter Bickford, even won a lawsuit against Bliss--but to no avail. Bliss continued his operations at Tahoe City until his death in 1907, when his son William took over the family businesses.One night in 1937, a mysterious fire leveled the Tahoe Mercantile, as well as the local post office and the Cedar Log Saloon. Bliss never rebuilt at Tahoe Commons. Over the years, the old Tahoe Tavern hotel competed with an increasing number of newer resorts. Eventually it fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1964.
 
Erected by Tahoe City Rotary Club.
 
Location. 39° 10.239′ N, 120° 
Development & Conflict Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, November 12, 2016
2. Development & Conflict Marker
8.444′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trains and Tourists (here, next to this marker); Grand Central Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Watson Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Tahoe City (about 400 feet away); Tahoe City (about 400 feet away); Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” (about 400 feet away); Tahoe City Begins, 1860 to 1895 (about 400 feet away); Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in Commons Beach Park and along a bike path.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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