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

Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle

 
 
Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle Marker
Inscription. Because Emerald Bay reminded her of a fjord in Norway, Lora J.M. Knight purchased 200 acres here in 1928 for $250,000. She commissioned her architect nephew to design a summer home that combined the features of Scandinavian castles and churches.

Over 200 workers toiled during one season to complete Vikingsholm in 1929. Mrs. Knight used local timber for walls and hand-carved accents as well as stone quarried nearby for the castle’s foundation and exterior. For the home’s interior, she toured Scandinavia to purchase 18th and 19th century furnishings. In addition, Mrs. Knight had workers reproduce additional furnishings from antique drawings.

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Visit Vikingsholm
To get there, simply turn right on Highway 89 when leaving Inspiration Point. Drive 1.1 miles to the Vikingsholm parking area. Then walk one mile down to the castle. You can also get there by private boat.
 
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). Touch for map. Marker is located at the Inspiration Point Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: South Lake Tahoe CA 96150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle Marker
8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tahoe By Car (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); Discover the Tallac Historic Site (approx. 2.8 miles away); Baldwin House & Tallac Museum (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Pope Estate (approx. 2.8 miles away); Pine Lodge-Erhman Mansion (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Lake Tahoe.
 
Also see . . .
1. A 1930’s Photo of Vikingsholm. This photo is part of the University of Nevada’s Special Collection – Images of Lake Tahoe (Submitted on September 1, 2010.) 

2. Vikingsholm. Vikingsholm website with history, photos and additional information. (Submitted on September 1, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
In addition to Vikingsholm, Mrs. Knight also built several guesthouses, and a teahouse on the bay's only island.
Mrs. Knight's Teahouse on Fannette Island image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
4. Mrs. Knight's Teahouse on Fannette Island
The small stone structure at the top of the mountain.
Mrs. Knight's Teahouse on Fannette Island image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 7, 2009
5. Mrs. Knight's Teahouse on Fannette Island
As viewed from the Tahoe Queen Tour Cruise
Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 7, 2009
6. Vikingsholm – A Scandinavian Castle
Viewed from the Tahoe Queen Tour Cruise
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on August 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5, 6. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.
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