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| South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – January 2017
On New Year’s Day a lot of people wake up bleary-eyed and discombobulated from a night of saying goodbye to the old year. 2016 left folks with a sense of uncertainty and confusion about the future, and maybe that’s why we’re so happy when a year is over and a new one can bring a little hope, at least for a little while. Beginning 2017 on a Sunday is a good start; it’s a day of rest, a day of kicking back and easing into things to come. South Lake Tahoe knows how to party, and all of the Stateline casinos each had a wild shin-dig that had revelers singing and dancing their way into 2017. But it doesn’t stop with one night at the clubs: the party goes the whole month of January. Visitors make the trek up into the mountains from the lowlands looking for a wintry good time, inside and outside.
Sledding at Spooner Summit
Seeing the look on the faces of people who have never been in the snow is great: even the smallest patch of snow brings joy, especially to children. Sledding is perhaps one of the nicest and most convenient ways to enjoy a winter day at Lake Tahoe. And it’s free, except for the price of a sled or inner tube. Find a hill (Tahoe has a lot of hills) and you’re on your way to an exciting day. Spooner Summit, at the junction of Hwy 50 and Hwy 28, has a great sledding spot. Sledders swarm to this very popular snow park. The adventurous type can trek to the top and give themselves a wild ride, but don’t get caught up with safety if you choose an inner tube, because those can get out of control fast. Trekking off into the woods isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, so the good people at Edgewood Companies provide a manufactured tubing hill, right in town by Mont Bleu Casino at the adjacent meadow. Snow cannons blast out the snow even if the sun is shining, as long as the temperature is low enough. Check off just about all winter fun activities at this one spot. They also have snowmobiling and sleigh rides there in the meadow.
Casey’s Cheeseburger & Fries
A day of sledding can build up a hearty appetite, and some refueling may be needed after a morning or afternoon of hurtling down a steep sledding slope. Casey’s An American Cantina is a friendly and casual restaurant located in the Round Hill Center in the township of Zephyr Cove and minutes from the casino corridor. A great place for locals and tourists alike, it opens at 8am for breakfast and closes when the last patron leaves at night. Casey’s “Really Good Basic Burgers” are all fresh half pound beef patties from Tahoe’s locally owned Overland Meats. Try the Western Bacon Burger — delish! Also, Casey’s is dog friendly, providing a watering station for Fido to cool his heels with the rest of the family.
Comedian Tommy Savitt at the Improv at Harveys (photo courtesy of Howie Nave)
After getting a belly full, go have a belly laugh at the Improv at Harveys. In a new year, why not start it out with a nice chuckle? It may help you from screaming at the thought of having a game show host as the next president. The Cabaret Theatre is a cool place to see some great names in stand-up comedy. Howie Nave is the hilarious host/emcee for all shows, and he alone is enough for the price of admission. Different comedians are featured every week, Wednesdays through Sundays. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call (775) 586-6266 for ticket information.
A night out at the comedy club can be relaxing and therapeutic while preparing for the next day of fun outside on the ski slopes. The word from the top of the mountain is that the skiing is great, despite the lack of snow at lake level. All the rain we received here at the Lake in mid-December was all snow at the upper elevations, and not wet “Sierra Cement” but surprisingly good powder, according to longtime local season pass holder and firefighter Patrick Olsen, who lives for fresh “pow” and good turns on the ski runs. Olsen recommends the upper runs, like Dipper and Dipper Woods at Heavenly, as long as the access is limited to the mountain. As I write this, the lower elevation’s lack of snow has limited The Gondola at Heavenly Village as the only access to the mountain. But Stagecoach lift on the Nevada side at the top of Kingsbury Grade (Hwy 207) is gearing up and opening soon. [Note: As of Dec. 28, 92 runs and 27 lifts at Heavenly Ski Resort are now OPEN.]
Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2017 is a good one, but we have to make the best of it, and Lake Tahoe is a great place to do just that.
— Brendan Packer
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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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