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Stateline in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sky Harbor Airport and Casino

Landing on a Wing & a Prayer

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 4, 2012
1. Sky Harbor Airport and Casino Marker
Inscription. During the late 1940s, this land was used by Sky Harbor Airport and Casino, which flew its wealthy patrons in from San Francisco to spend money in the local casinos. The airport consisted of a dirt landing strip, but with the snow-crested Crystal Range gleaming in the background, it offered great views. Unfortunately, flying in and out was dangerous because of high winds and a steep descent.

After Sky Harbor Airport closed, Lake Tahoe was without an airport until 1958.

"The airport was so poorly engineered that you either took off safely or splashed in the Lake." - anonymous
 
Erected by US Forest Service.
 
Location. 38° 58.579′ N, 119° 56.565′ W. Marker is in Stateline, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Kahle Road and Route 50. Touch for map. This marker is located on the Lam Watah Historic Trail. The trailhead and parking lot are on Kahle Road, just off of US 50. The marker is perhaps half a mile in, ~10-12 minutes walk over level ground, just through the first grove of trees when walking towards the lake. Marker is in this post office area: Stateline NV 89449, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the
Sky Harbor Airport and Casino Marker - Wide View Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 4, 2012
2. Sky Harbor Airport and Casino Marker - Wide View Looking North
crow flies. Friday’s Added Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 1.1 miles away); Carson Valley (approx. 3.6 miles away); Genoa Church (approx. 5.5 miles away); Old Genoa Bar (approx. 5.5 miles away); Douglas Lodge #12, F& AM (approx. 5.5 miles away); Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall (approx. 5.5 miles away); Nevada’s First Newspaper (approx. 5.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Abandoned & Little Known Airports: Northwestern Nevada. Reviews a number of small or disappeared airports, including this one (scroll down a bit for pictures of Sky Harbor). (Submitted on December 28, 2015.) 
 
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Sky Harbor Airport and Casino Marker - Wide View Looking South image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 4, 2012
3. Sky Harbor Airport and Casino Marker - Wide View Looking South
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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