As you will soon discover the Lake has a rich and diverse history, if you are thinking of taking a trip to the area to experience the history for yourself then there are a number of great Lake Tahoe hotels, Tahoe rentals and even Lake Tahoe cabins where you can stay whilst soaking in the history of the area.
The Story of Lake Tahoe
Before Lake Tahoe was discovered by John C. Fremont during February of 1844, the alpine lake was known only by the Native American Nomadic tribes that journeyed to Tahoe. These tribes used to visit the area to collect plants for medicines, fish from the lake, hunting and to gather materials for tools.
Fremont spotted Tahoe whilst he was making his way to the west. He marked Tahoe as a cross over point to the sierras for settlers, explorers and revelers. Due to the harsh winter weather the number of people coming to the basin remained low. The ones that did were usually guided by the legendary Snowshoe Thompson up and over the treacherous mountain passes.
This all changed during the 160’s when silver was struck nearby in Virginia City. As a result of this a lively lumber community soon began to prosper alongside the shores and into the mountains that surrounded Lake Tahoe. Settlers would cut the timber and then process it in the lake where it would then be shipped by flume and later on by rail to Virginia City.
As the transportation to the lake improved, (the first ever car that survived the pass was during 1905) settlers and other adventurers seeking the great outdoors, began their journey through the Nevada ranges and finally into the basin.
North Lake Tahoe fast became the place to visit during the winter for sightseers and sport enthusiasts alike. Taverns, Lodges and casinos thrived, as well as restaurants and guided excursions and tours. During the summer months many visitors would flock to the sandy beaches and into the fresh air of the many mountains that cradled the lake.
Then along came the famous folks, Sammy Davis Jr., frank Sinatra as well as Cher, to mention only a few and then Tahoe was finally on the map. 1960 saw the winter Olympics being held at Squaw valley, this really made the mania of winter sports take a hold over Tahoe, bringing with it world class skiing and then the development of the mountain resorts. Downhill Mountain biking and snowboarding eventually made their way into the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Fast forward to today, Lake Tahoe now attracts people from around the world that come to enjoy the lakes natural beauty, crisp fresh air, crystal clear waters, art, music, entertainment and sport that accompany the world’s most breathtaking alpine lake.