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| South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – May 2016
South Lake Tahoe
Springtime at Lake Tahoe
Get out the shorts and t-shirts, but don’t put your parkas away just yet. It’s day-by-day weather up here at the Lake. One day it can be 70 degrees and sunny, then 30 degrees and snowing the next day. Daytime activities on the South Shore become limited when it’s cold out and the ski resorts have closed. But when the temperatures are comfortable there is outdoor fun sprouting all over. And of course, with nightlife fun you don’t need to depend on mother nature to have a good time at the south side of Tahoe.
The first week of May it’s party time, starting with Cinco de Mayo on Thursday. Restaurants and bars all over town turn the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 into a full on rager. One spot to start the fiesta is at Latin Soul Restaurant inside of Lakeside Inn and Casino: try the Latin Soul Margarita and see where the night takes you.
The fun continues into the weekend with great bands at Harrah’s and Mont Bleu. The super group Chickenfoot, featuring Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, and Michael Anthony, will play two nights, May 7 and 8, at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s, starting at 7:30 pm. Over at Mont Bleu is the Marshall Tucker Band, a Southern rock/Country band that can really rock the house in the style of Lynyrd Skynyrd, on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm. To finish out the weekend, why not celebrate with mom on Sunday, May 8 at the many great places Tahoe has to offer for Mothers Day brunch? One being the Riva Grill at 901 Ski Run Blvd, right next to the lake at the marina.
Tahoe recently rose to its rim at 6,223 feet elevation, so that means plenty of water this year for boating, fishing and other water related fun. Marinas around the lake will begin opening, and one that is scheduled for an early May opening day is Round Hill Pines Resort. The Pines is a fun old Tahoe beach hangout — a small stretch of beach nestled in between Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove. It really gets going during the summer months, but on a warm day in May it’s a great place to go sit on the beach or sip on a drink at one of their two lakeside bars that offer grand views and a good food menu as well.
Softball field at Zephyr Cove Park
May is the rough start for boating season and other outdoor recreational activities. Tennis anyone? How about disc golf or softball? At Zephyr Cove Park at Highway 50 and Warrior Way you can do all these things and a lot more. The Zephyr Cove Tennis Club gets going in May on their six lighted courts. The courts are open now but the club officially starts May 28 with Viva La Tennis, which coincides with the French Open. It starts at noon with plenty of tennis and a barbeque. Also, there is an 18-hole disc golf course at the park that is fun and challenging, but great for all skill levels. If you don’t own a disc, head into the library next to the course and rent one and get slingin’.
If you don’t want to exert yourself too much, why not watch others do it? The Amgen Tour of California will be riding through this part of Nevada on May 19. Professional cyclists will be pedaling around Lake Tahoe. Stage One of the women’s event will start on the south shore at Emerald Bay and head clockwise around the 72-mile loop of the lake and finish at Heavenly. Spooner Summit, at the junction of highways 50 and 28, would be a good spot to watch these amazing athletes going full steam ahead down the hill toward Glenbrook. For more information on routes go to TahoeSouth.com./Amgen
Spring has sprung here at Lake Tahoe, and the buds of events and activities are just waiting to burst into the full bloom of summer — when the fun really starts. But, as always, there’s never a bad time to visit the lake!
— Brendan Packer
The present community of Stateline
sprawls across the area occupied in Tahoe's quiet past by a pair of settlements called Lakeside and Edgewood. Lakeside was centered on Carney's (formerly Lapham's) Stateline House, an inn built in the early 1860s to serve the flood of Comstock traffic and bisected by the California-Nevada boundary survey of 1873. The inn burned in 1876 and was not rebuilt until 1892, by
which time a small settlement had grown up on the site. By 1901 Lakeside had flourished to the extent of having a post office and a boat landing with regular steamer service. A new survey in 1899 placed the heart of the community a half mile deeper into California, and as the years passed in tranquility, Lakeside became an attractive little enclave of summer cottages. With the scrambling dash toward
exploitation which began in the early 1950s, Lakeside property values soared enormously because of the proximity of the Nevada casino developments. It became a clutter of motels, gift stores, cafes, and other enterprises auxiliary to the gambling trade next door in Nevada. Some of that clutter was swept away recently when a number of aging motels were taken by right of eminent domain,
paid for, demolished, swept away and replaced by the modern new hotel you see next door to Harrah's and the base station for the mountainside gondolas.
Edgewood originated in yet another of the strategically located stations on the Johnson Pass Road, the renowned Friday's Station established by Friday Burke and Big Jim Small in 1860. As soon as a log barn and a shed could be thrown together to accommodate, respectively, horses and men, Friday's served as Nevada's westernmost relay station for the Pony Express. Friday's was home station for Pony Bob Haslem, the messenger whose famous ride — 380 miles on horseback through hostile Indian territory — ranks as the outstanding feat of that spectacular organization. Burke and Small also controlled the toll road
franchise past their expanded station, and collected as much as $1,500 a day in the peak months of the Comstock traffic before the railroad. The Pioneer Stage Line used the station as a horse change and dinner station as well.
When the railroad destroyed the lake's roadside prosperity, the partners split their holdings. Small kept the old station and Burke the lakefront land to the east as far as Round Hill. By the 1880s Small was publicizing his "Buttermilk Bonanza Ranch" by reporting tongue-in-cheek sightings of a mermaid "with a fine chest development, beautiful white mustache one and one-half inches long, and a most amenable nature" frolicking just offshore.
Remarkably enough considering the rush to build everywhere along the lakefront, the old Friday's Station still stands opposite the golf course, a small white building in the trees. Its original hand-hewn interior walls and floors are intact. It goes unnoticed by the iron tide of traffic that floods past it each day, bound for the blaze of lights just down the road.
Stateline today is politically part of Nevada, but economically a part of California. Most of the millions who visit the Tahoe basin have driven up from northern and central California, and most of the thousands who serve them drinks, deal them cards and carry their luggage on the Nevada side of the Lake go home to California after work.
The casinos attract their crowds not only with their Tahoe surroundings, but with fine food in great variety, entertainment, service and luxury. Harrah's, and the Montbleu (formerly Caesar's) rank with the finest hotels in the world. Add the pioneering and ever-popular Harvey's and the Hard Rock (originally built as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe, most recently the Tahoe Horizon) rising hugely up across the boulevard, and an astonishing stage is set — every imaginable enjoyment within easy reach and served in a setting of incomparable natural majesty.
The 18-hole Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a beautiful par 74 championship course, is open May through November. Older visitors might remember it as the setting for the opening scene of the television program "Bonanza", of the intrepid Cartwrights riding across the broad green fairways. A little farther on, Nevada 207, the Kingsbury Grade, intersects on the east, leading over the summit to the breathtaking descent into the Carson Valley.
— from The Complete Nevada Traveler, by David W. Toll
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