Lake Tahoe s Railroads

Lake Tahoe is the majestic mountain lake that spans the boundary line of California and Nevada.

Lake Tahoe s Railroads

Author: Stephen E. Drew

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439657688

Page: 128

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Lake Tahoe is the majestic mountain lake that spans the boundary line of California and Nevada. The lake’s clarity and scenic beauty are legendary. In the 1870s, the Nevada Comstock Lode created an insatiable appetite for Lake Tahoe’s virgin pine forests. The timbers would shore up underground mining and build communities approaching 40,000 inhabitants. Railroads on three shores delivered the logs lakeside, where they were towed by steam-powered tugs to sawmills, to lumber flumes, and again by rail to their final destinations. As the mines and giant lake pines subsided, railroads pushed farther north after 1898 into new timber stands in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River basins. Other rail lines were sold, barged across the lake, and repurposed for the burgeoning new industry of tourism. For the next 40 years, railroads marketed Lake Tahoe as their unique scenic destination.

Railroads of Placer County

This book is more than just a collection of photographs of locomotives; it provides the reader with a visual history of various aspects of the many railroads operating in Placer County over the years.

Railroads of Placer County

Author: Arthur Sommers and Roger Staab

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467127647

Page: 128

View: 315

Though small in geographic size, Placer County is large in its rich history of railroading in California. This book covers 14 different railroads that did or still do exist in some association with Placer County. There were narrow-gauge and standard-gauge, long transcontinental, and short point-to-point railroads. Some railroads were fully contained within the county, and others just touched the county. Some railroads were short-lived operations, while others operated for decades. One railroad still functions today, undiminished after 150 years in service. This book is more than just a collection of photographs of locomotives; it provides the reader with a visual history of various aspects of the many railroads operating in Placer County over the years.

Railroads of Nevada County

LAKE. TAHOE. RAILWAY. &. TRANSPORTATION. COMPANY. In 1873, the
Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Company was incorporated with D.L. Bliss as
the director. The company supplied lumber to Virginia City and the famed
Comstock ...

Railroads of Nevada County

Author: Andrew Brandon

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467128457

Page:

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Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History California

Donald B. Robertson. LAKE TAHOE RAILWAY & TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
W. S. Bliss , President 12/19/1898 Operated : Incorp : 5/1/00 to 5/16/32 Truckee
HQ city : Disposition : sold to Southern Pacific Company on May 16 , 1932 - and ...

Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History  California

Author: Donald B. Robertson

Publisher: Caxton Press

ISBN: 9780870043857

Page: 354

View: 782

Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press This book includes 368 pages of maps, photographs and technical data on the history of railroading in California. There are detailed reports on dates of operation, mergers, miles of track, maximum grade, gauge and rail weight. It also includes the histories of thousands of locomotives.

Lake Tahoe s West Shore

1 Tahoe. The locomotive would run on the new short line along the Truckee River
and connect with the Central Pacific Railroad transcontinental route at the
Truckee depot. From there, it was a memorable scenic trip to the Tahoe City
railroad ...

Lake Tahoe s West Shore

Author: Carol A. Jensen

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738588911

Page: 128

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First sighted by John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss in 1844, the "Lake of the Sky" beckons to pioneers and adventurers today as it has through history. Author Mark Twain, popular lecturer George Wharton James, industrialist Duane Bliss, and film star Elizabeth Taylor all found inspiration in its secluded sylvan beaches. Washoe tribal members held Dá'o' a ga ("Edge of the Lake") as their paradise until lumber demands for the Comstock Lode all but stripped the dense forests. Gradually, lakefront property became private retreats and hostelries catering to tourists happily arriving from around the world for winter skiing, summer boating, and holidays.

Lake Tahoe

With the exception of the 1899 Lake Tahoe Forest Reserve , and some acreage
on the north shore of the lake and ... At the same time , “ progress engineers ”
imagined the railroad as the essential tool in domesticating the Tahoe Basin .

Lake Tahoe

Author: Peter Goin

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738530314

Page: 128

View: 416

The Washoe Indians called it Tah-ve, an unfathomable liquid sapphire set in a 500 square-mile watershed of alpine snow and ice. Too deep and vast to freeze, Lake Tahoe's waters have, over time, reflected pristine forests, barren hillsides littered with slash and sawdust, managed restoration, and the glow of neon casino marquees. Its spectacular natural landscape, shared by both California and Nevada, is more designed than people realize. Humans transformed most of the old trees into mine shafts and cities. When the railroad, and later the automobile, domesticated the lake, putting it within recreational reach of the middle class, much of Lake Tahoe's shore became a managed wilderness. Its location along a political border created a unique merger of naturalist and gaming economies.

California Railroads

Gauge CAMINO , PLACERVILLE & LAKE TAHOE RAILROAD COMPANY
Organized September 18 , 1911 - Steam - Standard ... Organized to take over the
Lakeport & Richardson ' s Bay Railroad properties from The California Company
 ...

California Railroads

Author: Alvin A. Fickewirth

Publisher: Gem Guides Book Company

ISBN:

Page: 194

View: 356

An encyclopedia listing describing every known railroad that operated within the state of California between 1851-1992. Includes cable car, common carrier, horsecar, industrial, interurban, logging, monorail, motor and terminal railroads.

Sierra Crossing

Documents the building of the first roads over the Sierra Nevada in the 19th century, in projects launched by launched by emigrants, former gold miners, state government officials, the War Department, the Interior Department, local ...

Sierra Crossing

Author: Thomas Frederick Howard

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520226860

Page: 226

View: 257

Documents the building of the first roads over the Sierra Nevada in the 19th century, in projects launched by launched by emigrants, former gold miners, state government officials, the War Department, the Interior Department, local politicians, town businessmen, stagecoach operators, and other entrepreneurs eager to establish land routes between California and the rest of the country.

Forest Stewardship Series 4 Forest History

Railroad construction harvested the forests east of Lake Tahoe for railroad ties,
bridges, trestles, and fuel. Construction of snowsheds over the railroad tracks
crossing the Sierra Nevada required 300 million board feet of lumber, and
another ...

Forest Stewardship Series 4  Forest History

Author:

Publisher: UCANR Publications

ISBN: 1601074549

Page:

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Nevada s Virginia Truckee Railroad

Not every venture was successful, but the financial benefits of his property
ownership at Lake Tahoe, for example, trickled down for generations. “H.M.” was
a staunch Republican who refused public office, but any aspiring candidate knew
he ...

Nevada s Virginia   Truckee Railroad

Author: Stephen E. Drew

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439644934

Page: 128

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The Virginia & Truckee is the most famous short line railroad in American history. Brainchild of William Sharon and the Bank of California, the V&T hauled the silver and gold ore, the cordwood, and the mining timbers that made the 1870s “Big Bonanza” a reality. From the state capital at Carson City, V&T rails stretched 66 miles to Virginia City, Reno, and Minden, Nevada. Serving the transportation needs of the Comstock’s nearly 40,000 inhabitants, the V&T remained in operation until 1950. The enormously successful railroad paid its early owners handsome dividends. The V&T’s ornate locomotives and cars have starred in hundreds of Hollywood productions and are now preserved in US museums. Since 1976, fourteen miles of the railroad have been restored to operation. The Virginia & Truckee has become an enduring legend.

The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad

Thirty years after the first transcontinental railroad was completed , four more
such lines spanned the West . No longer would a Westerner feel ... I see the clear
waters of lake Tahoe , I see forests of majestic pines ... Marking through these
and ...

The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad

Author: R. Conrad Stein

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766039568

Page: 128

View: 726

"Learn about the construction project that once seemed to be a fool's dream became a reality, and how the railroads developed the West"--Provided by publisher.