Professional and amateur photographers have captured images of Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, since the invention of the camera.
In this photographic journal, we experience the transformation of Lake Tahoe from a Washoe paradise, to a timber resource for the Comstock Lode, and finally to a land of private retreats and hostelries.
Herein we experience the environmental, business, and economic changes in the Tahoe Basin through time. Redefinition of the D. L. Bliss family business from timber and forest products to hostelry economically transformed Lake Tahoe. Investments in the Tahoe Tavern, Steamer SS Tahoe, modern rail service, and marketing to affluent San Francisco clientele reshaped the economy.
Millions discovered the alpine air, pristine blue waters, and good times that Tahoe offers. Today, visitors still carry cameras and vow to visit again next year.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Barbara Ann Burns was interested in the history of her town, Riverside, California, so she took a class to be a docent at its famous hotel, the Mission Inn. She was such a good docent, they hired her, and she trained their new docents for many years. That was when she discovered a historian’s fantasy: the story of Alice Miller Richardson, the amazingly successful, lovable, lifetime manager of the Mission Inn. Burns’ intent to write about the lady who worked at her brother’s hotel turned out to be a book about the lady who really ran the hotel (with the help of her brother). It’s an inspiring story and Burns shows her enthusiasm for it from beginning to end.