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

Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin

 
 
Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin Marker
Inscription. The first outlet works were constructed in 1870 by Colonel A.W. Von Schmidt. The stone and timber crib structure soon passed to the Donner Lumber & Boom Co. who continued to regulate, for a fee, the water flow for floatation of logs and, later, power generation. The timber and power helped to shore up the wealth of the Comstock Lode. By 1913, the U.S. Reclamation Service completed the present structure to serve the Newlands Irrigation Project. Contractual flow regulations demanded tending of the gates for which a cabin was built in 1910 to house the gatekeeper. The cabin served until 1968, was destroyed by fire in 1978 and the present cabin was completed in 1981.
 
Erected 1981 by North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Julia C. Bulette Chapter No. 1864, Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827 and Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691 – E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 797.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 9.997′ N, 120° 8.607′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from West Lake Boulevard (State Highway 89) west of Highway 28, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is mounted
Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin Marker With The Gatekeepers Museum in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin Marker With The Gatekeepers Museum in the Background
at the base of the flagpole at the Gatekeeper’s Log Cabin Museum – William B. Layton Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duane Leroy Bliss (here, next to this marker); William B. Layton Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); A Safe Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sacred Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Tahoe City's Constables (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Central Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Watson Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
Regarding Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin. This site was designated as California Registered This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 797 on September 16, 1964
Statement of Significance:
Conflicting control of these gates, first built in 1870, resulted in the two-decade 'Tahoe Water War' between lakeshore owners and downstream Truckee River water users. The dispute was settled in 1910-11 when techniques for determining water content in snow, developed
Lake Tahoe Outlet Works image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. Lake Tahoe Outlet Works
by Dr. James E. Church, Jr., made possible the accurate prediction and control of the seasonal rise in lake and river levels.
 
Also see . . .  The Lake Tahoe Water Wars. The Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum details the story behind the "water rights" fights that occurred over the use and control of the waters of Lake Tahoe. (Submitted on August 16, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Natural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
 
Lake Tahoe Outlet Works image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
4. Lake Tahoe Outlet Works
The Gatekeepers Cabin Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
5. The Gatekeepers Cabin Museum
The Gatekeeper's Cabin image. Click for full size.
6. The Gatekeeper's Cabin
This photo of the original Gatekeeper's Cabin is on display at the Watson Cabin Museum at 560 North Lake Boulevard. The description accompanying the photo reads:

The Gatekeeper's Cabin - 1910
Robert M. Watson built the original Gatekeeper's Cabin which stood until 1978, when it was destroyed by fire. Today the rebuilt Gatekeeper's Cabin is a museum housing local history exhibits and the Marion Steinback Indian Basket collection.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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