Lake Tahoe Through Time

Lake Tahoe Through Time

Lake Tahoe Through Time

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.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe's legendary scenic beauty is witnessed annually by millions of visitors. While the lake's first sighting (in 1843) by a nonnative was made from a mountain peak, the lake's maritime history began a scant seven years later. Although most of the early steamers were designed for industrial use, the sight of a boat venturing out into the vast, deep blue expanse of Lake Tahoe attracted the attention of residents and visitors alike. After the inevitable decline of extractive industries, tourism became the main economic engine in Lake Tahoe. The steamer era and the evolution of wooden-boat racing are celebrated today by the romantic races of the two paddle wheelers and the annual Concours d'Elegance boat show.

Tahoe Beneath the Surface

Tahoe Beneath the Surface

Tahoe Beneath the Surface

Traces lesser-known historical facts about the nation's largest mountain lake, providing coverage of such subjects as its role in local Washoe Indian legends, its inspiration of more than a dozen literary classics and its impact on the careers of such figures as John Muir, Mark Twain and Frank Sinatra.

Clarity

Clarity

Clarity

The water is so clear and filled with so much color, it's like splashing liquid glass.Lake Tahoe is legendary for its crystal-clear turquoise waters. Even Mark Twain commented on its "dazzling" and "brilliant" clarity. This is the first book of underwater photography from America's most famous lake, which stretches over 191 square miles on the California-Nevada state line. The camera lens captures bizarre and fluid shapes that form faster than the eye can see or the mind can comprehend. More than 180 images show Tahoe's breathtaking submarine scenery, from its teal shallows, rounded boulders, and swirling compositions to the surreal still lifes in its clear, quiet depths. For everyone who loves Lake Tahoe, the images are a lasting reminder of its singular beauty--and a call to help preserve its health.