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Area History


During the Volcanic episode between 10 and 20 million years ago, the Sierras began. The Tahoe area was a summer camp for the Washoe, the first inhabitants to Lake Tahoe. The area held a spiritual meaning for the tribe and many sacred ceremonies were held along the southern shores.

The first European to visit the "Lake of the Sky" was John C. Fremont. However, the modern era of Lake Tahoe really began in 1931, with the completion of the highway around the lake and the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley put Lake Tahoe firmly on the map.

Today, Lake Tahoe continues to offer visitors a bit of many historic eras. While hotel/casinos and ski resorts draw approximately three million visitors each year, the town's population is near 65,000. The main attraction continues to be the quiet beauty of the Sierra mountains and the timeless inspiration of the lake itself, little changed from the days of the Washoe Indians.