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Adventures of the
Mountain Men Part 3: Joseph R. Walker By Mark McLaughlin
From the 1820s until the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad after America’s Civil War in the late 1860s, the only feasible way to reach California from the frontier country along the Missouri River was via several river systems that stretched west of the Rocky Mountains and across the arid Great Basin. Other than crossing the Sierra Nevada, traversing what is today the State of Nevada was the most challenging portion of the California Trail. Not only is it the driest of all 50 states with little potable water for emigrants with livestock, its tortured topography consists of more than 150 named mountain ranges with over 30 peaks exceeding 11,000 feet in elevation. With few rivers, this inhospitable region is bedeviled by undrinkable alkaline water, harsh temperature extremes and vast salt flats barren of even desiccated vegetation. Despite the grim environment, much of the region was at least sparsely populated by impoverished American Indians.
Crucially vital to the Nevada section of the emigrant trail is the Humboldt River, which flows west-southwest across much of northern Nevada. The Humboldt River Basin is vast, draining nearly 17,000 square miles in north-central Nevada. From its birthplace in a cluster of springs near present-day Wells, Nevada, this stream meanders 380 miles west to its demise in the Humboldt Sink, an ancient lakebed that is dry most of the year. Although many pioneers disparaged it as a “poor excuse for a river,” without the Humboldt there would be no California Trail. The river was known by a variety of names, but in 1848, topographical engineer John C. Frémont mapped the region and named the stream Humboldt for the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Shoshone and Paiute Indian tribes have successfully survived within the Humboldt drainage for thousands of years. The first white man to explore this section of Nevada was Peter Skene Ogden, who led eight mapping expeditions into the region between 1826 and 1830. Ogden was an experienced trapper and mountain man who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, a fur trading business established in the Pacific Northwest. Ogden discovered the Humboldt River on November 9, 1828, not knowing that the riparian route would become the primary trail for thousands of emigrants to the Pacific Coast. Peter Skene Ogden is not as well-known as Jedediah Smith, the trapper who is noted for being the first white man to cross Nevada in 1827, but Ogden had entered the future state in 1826, a year before Smith’s trek. Ogden was the first white man to see the Humboldt River and trace it from its source to its sink. He produced the first true map of the western Great Basin and provided the first written descriptions of northern and central Nevada. Five years after Peter Ogden first set eyes on the main stem of the Humboldt River, fur trapper Joseph R. Walker became the first American to prove the route’s potential as a gateway to the Pacific. While returning Northwoods Tahoe is distributed FREE to a select
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from an exploratory excursion to California in 1833, Walker led his men east through a mountain pass at the base of the Southern Sierra (Walker Pass), north along the Eastern Sierra Front, and then east up the Humboldt River Valley to a trapper rendezvous in the Rockies.
Mountain Man Joe Walker, Courtesy of the Library of Congress In many books and magazines, Joseph R. Walker’s middle name is spelled “Reddeford,” but in the respected Walker biography Westering Man, author Bil Gilbert states that Rutherford is an old family name that was misspelled in Walker’s 1876 obituary. Born in 1798 in the backwoods wilderness of Tennessee, Joe Walker received little proper schooling, but had an extensive education in farming, hunting and trapping. As a teenager Walker fought in several Indian conflicts and by the time he was 21, the family had moved to the MissouriKansas frontier. Joe Walker stood 6 feet, 4 inches tall, was powerfully built and highly experienced in frontier survival skills. For the next 10 years, Walker stayed busy, trying continued on page 6
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In California, Humulus lupulus var. neomexicanus is only considered native in Plumas County (also Washoe County, Nevada) though it can be found thriving in many long-abandoned mine-shacks, homesteads and ghost towns throughout the west. Hop is the only introduced plant still thriving in Bodie, California, a high desert, Great Basin ghost town at 8,300 ft. elevation, with as little as 6.3 inches of rain per year.
hop rootstock. It is suspected that humans have moved hop plants around agriculturally since prehistoric times, so much that, it is difficult to discern where common hop may have actually originated. Hop is technically an herbaceous perennial “bine” not a “vine”. Bines have no tendrils to use for climbing. Hop uses tiny spines on its stems and leaves to wrap itself clockwise up other shoots and whatever else it can get it’s claws into. Being an herbaceous perennial, the shoots (up to 30 feet tall in a season) die all the way back to the hardy root-crown.
Hop was always one of the first plants in the ground in every settlement, along with apples, for obvious reasons; “strictly for medicinal purposes…” There are hundreds (likely thousands) of historic hop patches growing in Truckee, Boca, Polaris, Hirschdale, Tahoe and the Sierra Valley.
The U.S. produces almost 25% of the world’s 98,000 tons of hops, mostly from the state of Washington (Germany produces more). Commercially, hop is trained to grow up strings suspended from 20- to 30-ft. trellises and the shoots and string are cut down to harvest the cones, or hops.
Common hop is dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants. Like Cannabis species, the female flower (strobile or “cone”) contains the resin and oils favored for use by humans for millennia. Cannabis is even occasionally grafted onto vigorous
Hop appears to be first used in beer making in the 700s as the Vikings were raiding the coasts of Europe and a poet was composing Beowulf. The resins in hop give beer bitters and the oils provide the wonderful floral or citrus aromas. Man has been making beer
America and another to Europe. There are also two separate East Asian species.
Humulus Lupulus By Eric Larussen, Villager Nursery
Common Hop, Humulus lupulus (“wolf of the woods”) is a member of the very small Cannabaceae family. The Canabaceae family includes Cannabis (hemp), Celtis (hackberry), Trema and Humulus (hop). Both Nettles and Elms are also closely related. “Hops” are the harvested flowers from hop plants. Humulus lupulus is a circumboreal species (native to the cooler portions of the northern hemisphere) with three varieties of common hop considered native to North
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for thousands of years and before hop was used, many other herbs were used for flavoring, buttering and to improve its shelflife. Hop has dozens of uses other than for use in beer. The bines, as in nettle and cannabis, are very high in fiber and have been used
for rope since prehistory. The herbal properties of hop used by indigenous peoples from Asia to India, to North America include use as an analgesic, astringent, antibiotic, antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative and much more. Hop is easy to grow and cultivate in Truckee/Tahoe. In the nursery, while we focus on being the best source of natives in the Sierra, we have a fondness for long-life historical troopers like peony, lilac, apple and hop.
We try to always have a supply of named, cultivated variety hop for folks to plant like ‘Cascade’ or ‘Nugget’ or ‘Tettnanger’. Hop is propagated from root divisions and the clones produced for planting are always female. It grows well and produces the most cones in full sun, but the foliage sunburns and the plants can look ratty by summer’s end. Hop is one of those plants that look great from afar (or as my business partner says “they look great in someone else's yard”). I have mine in dappled shade, growing up a post out next to the road and it looks lush driving by and from across the yard. One cultivated selection of hop (golden hop) has clear yellow-green foliage that looks fantastic in bright open-shade at the back of a garden.
I may not have it front and center in my garden, I love to grow it and I am grateful for its ease and vigor and especially it’s aromas at the end of a very long spring day. By the way, our Nursery cats are named Hops and Barley. Eric Larusson is co-owner of Villager Nursery and has been botanizing and gardening in the Sierra since the early ’70s. In the nursery, he’s killed thousands of plants (experimenting) so his clients won’t have to.
Hop is notoriously susceptible to aphids and spider mites. If I fertilize with neem-seed meal and wash the growing shoots with soap a few times mid-season, the problem is kept to a minimum. Between the tiny sharp spines and the bugs, hop is really not a great choice for a back-yard arbor; there are excellent vigorous and showy small-flowering clematis that are far better choices. If your goal is to gather hop cones for beer making, there is no other choice and while
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his hand at trapping, livestock trading, a government commissioned Santa Fe Trail survey, and even a stint as county sheriff. In 1832, Walker agreed to join U.S. Army Captain Benjamin Bonneville as a partner on a commercial beaver trapping expedition into the Rocky Mountains. The caravan was substantial, with 20 wagons and 110 men. Beaver pelts were hard to come by in the winter of 1833, so the operation lost money. After that summer’s trapper rendezvous, Bonneville split the company in two with Joe Walker assigned to head for California in the hunt for beaver.
Walker passed two lakes in present western Nevada, later named Carson Lake and Walker Lake, after Christopher “Kit” Carson and Joe himself. The passage across the Sierra required super-human effort, with many of the men close to outright rebellion. The terrain became so steep that their terrified horses and mules had to be lowered over sheer precipices by ropes secured around trees and rocks. By this point the men were surviving on a diet of horse and mule meat, but the company finally reached San Jose. They then crossed over the Coastal Range where the trappers got their first look at the Pacific Ocean. Historians have credited Joe Walker and his men with being the first white men to peer into the waterfall grandeur of Yosemite Valley, but recent research by Cal State professor Scott Stine indicates that Walker’s route was actually north of the valley rim.
Among the men in Walker’s group was Walker obtained Zenas Leonard, whose permission from Governor written account of the Jose Figueroa to spend journey was published in the winter of 1833-34 at 1837 as The Narrative of Mission San Juan Bautista. Zenas Leonard. Leonard That spring the company described Walker’s prepared to return to the character: “I was anxious Rocky Mountains where to go to the coast of they would rejoin Captain the Pacific, and for that Bonneville at the fur purpose hired with Mr. trading rendezvous on the Walker as a clerk for a Green River. Realizing that certain sum per year. Mr. he could not return the way Walker was a man well Today’s Walker River, he came over the perilous calculated to undertake Sierra route, Walker offered photo courtesy of Mark a business of this kind. local Indians trinkets in He was accustomed McLaughlin return for guiding his to the hardships of the band around the snowwilderness—understood the character of the covered mountains. They made their way Indian very well—and was kind and affable over a mostly ice-free pass that today bears to his men, able to command without giving Walker’ s name. Walker led his men north offense. To explore unknown regions was his through the Owens Valley and then they chief delight.” retraced their steps across the high desert to In many ways Joseph Walker typified the Humboldt River and east to the Rockies. America’s 19th century mountain man. He The following winter found Walker trapping was “a bearded bear of a man who weighed the Yellowstone country, but at the 1835 more than 200 pounds.” He possessed summer rendezvous he turned over his furs great physical strength, endurance and to Captain Bonneville and quit his position fortitude, combined with the quintessential to become a free trapper. Walker spent five trapper’s personality traits of restlessness, years living with the Snake Indians (eastern individualism, and aversion to authority. Shoshone tribe). He married an attractive It was late July 1833 when Walker led his Snake woman and they had several children. 60-man party away from the rendezvous By the early 1840s, emigrant wagon trains and out of the Rocky Mountains. The men were beginning to push west, and they rode horses with pack mules, having brought needed experienced mountain men to no wagons with them. They followed the guide them. Bear River south to where it flowed into Joseph Walker’s adventures continued when the Great Salt Lake, before Walker turned he became a trail guide for John C. Frémont the expedition west into the vast salt flats in 1845. During that expedition, Frémont and arid desolation of the Utah Desert. named Walker Lake and the Walker River for They successfully reached the Humboldt the mountain man who had first seen them River and followed it to its sink. Pushing on,
more than a decade before. Walker’s life was full of danger, drama and risk, yet through it all he maintained the respect of those that met him. After Walker’s death in October 1876, just shy of his 78th birthday, Historian Hubert H. Bancroft wrote: “Capt. Joe Walker was one of the bravest and most skillful of the mountain men; none was better acquainted than he with the geography or native tribes of the great basin; and he was withal less boastful and pretentious than most of his class.”
John C. Fremont who named Walker Lake & Walker River, Courtesy of the Library of Congress
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MAY 2018 Truckee Historic Walking Tour
Downtown Truckee comes alive during this colorful tour, which includes stories of railroad barons, lumber mills, ice harvesting, movie stars, and other characters past. The tour includes architecture, history, stories, fables, and facts and is less than 1 mile on a flat path. Begins at 4 pm outside the California Welcome Center at the Truckee Train Depot, 10065 Donner Pass Road and ends at approximately 5:30 pm in Brickelltown. For more information visit Moutaintowntours.wordpress.com, or call Karen Willcuts at 530-448-4143.
MAY 2018 Little Big Bike Festival
The Little Big Bike Festival is entering its 7th year and it’s already looking like the largest yet. Little people, big people. Little jumps, big jumps. Little progressions, big progressions. Our participants cover a wide age span ranging from 2- to 60-years old. This event continues to grow the sport of cycling by teaching individuals to be comfortable on their bike, have fun and create a foundation of fundamentals to progress in their riding. In the meantime, it is a great way to raise support for the Truckee Bike Park, the event location, at 12200 Joerger Drive in Truckee. More information and entry fees for events can be found at https://www.truckeebikepark.org/thelittlebig.
MAY 2018 Truckee Home & Building Show
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MAY 2018 Made in Tahoe Festival
Made in Tahoe celebrates all things LOCAL. For two days the Village at Squaw Valley will host a wide array of offerings that are made or inspired in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas - local artisans, businesses, chefs/cuisine, organizations and entertainers. From 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The weekend also marks the opening of the Aerial Tram for the summer season. For more information log on to www.squawalpine.com.
JUNE 2018 Truckee Brew Fest
The 12th Annual Brew Fest by Truckee Optimist will feature many breweries and more than 40 beers at Truckee Regional Park. From 1 to 5 pm, enjoy brews, friends and live music by “The Blues Monsters”. Must be 21 to attend; designated drivers will be admitted free. Proceeds from the Brew Fest will benefit our local youth. For participating breweries and more details, visit http:// truckeeoptimist.publishpath.com.
JUNE 2018 Truckee Running Festival
Join in a morning of running and fun at Riverview Park in Truckee with a Legacy 5K, Legacy 10K and Waddle Ranch Half Marathon. The 5K is a fundraiser for Girls on the Run Sierras. From 7 am to 2 pm, bring the kids for the age appropriate distance fun races. Riverview Park is located at 12304 Joerger Drive in Truckee. For details, go to http://tahoetrailrunning.com/truckee-running-festival.
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JUNE 2018 “9 to 5” The Musical
Truckee Community Theater presents “9 to 5” the Musical! Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. Rated
JUNE 2018 Centennial Celebration – Pioneer Monument Erected to honor the immi-
grants who passed through Truckee, enroute to new opportunities in the West, the Pioneer Monument has stood majestically at Donner Memorial State Park for 99 years. At its dedication on June 6, 1918, thousands of people and three Donner Party survivors gathered to honor the past. It is only fitting then, that there be a re-dedication, centennial celebration, and restoration kickoff of this iconic monument. From 11 am to 4 pm, families can enjoy the Re-dedication Continued on Page 10
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JUNE 2018 Tahoe City Food & Wine Classic
One of Tahoe City’s signature events and a fundraiser for the non-profit Tahoe City Downtown Association, the 13th annual Tahoe City Food & Wine Classic will return to the shore of Lake Tahoe from 1 to 5 pm. This alfresco event features more than 30 tasting locations that highlight varietals from area wine producers and gourmet bites from top Tahoe restaurants and caterers. Attendees can sip, shop and take in stunning views of Lake Tahoe. For more information and more about upcoming events, visit www.visittahoecity.org.
JUNE 2018 Music on the Beach
Start your summer off right by listening and dancing to FREE live music performances featuring a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore. Music on the Beach takes place at Kings Beach State Recreation Area and concerts start at approximately 6:30 pm on Fridays, throughout the summer. Beer, wine, soda, and food vendors will all be available from 6-9 pm. Log on to http://northtahoebusiness.org/music-on-the-beach for the musical lineup and directions to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
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bration at the 39th annual July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party, which will take place from 7-10 pm at one of Tahoe’s best beaches, the Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA)! The Beach Party is open to all ages and admission is FREE. Enjoy two delicious food vendors, and a beer/wine garden as well as periodic live performances by the San Diego Marines Double-Time Brass Band. The event is capped off by a dazzling fireworks display at 9:30 pm, launched from barges in Lake Tahoe. For more information about the event and festivities or to purchase pre-
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JULY 2018 Truckee 4th of July Parade
Join us for our annual Truckee 4th of July Parade in Historic Downtown Truckee! It’s a Truckee tradition, fun for the whole family and community and it’s free. The parade starts 10am, at the Truckee High School, winds along Donner Pass Road to downtown Truckee and ends at the corner of Bridge and Church Streets. Note the road will be closed to traffic from 9:30 am until after completion of the parade, around 1 pm. For more information, log on to www.
JULY 2018 Red White & Tahoe Blue – Incline
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JULY 2018 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
From now until August 26, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will offer “Macbeth” Shakespeare’s towering tragedy, directed by Charles Fee, and “Beehive: the 60s Musical”. In a maelstrom of politics and magic, “Macbeth” melds unforgettable characters and incomparable language in a fascinating drama of corruption and heroism. You are invited to spend an eerie evening of dazzling darkness, where specters and riddles foretell the futures of kings. “Beehive” is an exuberant jukebox celebration of the women musicians who made the 60s truly memorable. For tickets, times and more information, go to http://laketahoeshakespeare.com.
JULY 2018 Truckee Tahoe Airshow & Family Festival The Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival is one of the region’s most family-friendly events featuring a breathtaking air show with world-renowned performers. Funded and presented by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, there is also a Suddenlink STEAM Expo, Family Festival, rides for a cost in military aircraft, free rides for kids on Sunday, July 15, vendors, free Speaker Forums, and much more! All proceeds made through sponsorships, vendor fees, VIP Hospitality Tent ticket sales, and more, go directly to Truckee North Tahoe youth organizations. Event begins at 9 am and runs through 4 pm. Log on to http:// www.truckeetahoeairshow.com for more information.
JULY 2018 Art, Wine and Music Festival
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JUNE 2018 Valhalla Renaissance Faire
The sights, sounds, tastes and beauty of the 16th Century return to South Lake Tahoe’s Camp Richardson with the 25th celebration of Valhalla Renaissance Faire, to be held two weekends; June 2 & 3 and 9 & 10. Let loose, come in costume and participate in Scavenger Hunts, Costume contests and more! Camp Richardson Resort is located at 1900 Jameson Beach Road in South Lake Tahoe, California. Log on to https://www.valhallafaire.com.
JUNE 2018 Rock Tahoe Half Marathon
The Rock Tahoe Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile course, starts at Spooner Summit and drops over 1,000 feet as it winds its way down Highway 50 along the stunning East Shore of Lake Tahoe to a finish line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. There is no shortage of amazing scenery during this event. Other weekend activities include an incredible Expo, Post-Race Party for runners and their guests, and awards for the top male and female age group finishers. For more information and FAQs about the race, visit http://epictahoe.com, or call (775) 5881010.
JULY 2018 American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament More than 80 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars will participate in the country’s most prestigious and richest celebrity golf event at Edgewood Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada. Past
celebrities have included: Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Ray Romano, John Elway, Jerry Rice and Jack Wagner. This made-for-TV event, owned and broadcast by NBC Sports, raises funds for local and national charities and features a record purse of $600,000. See the daily schedule of events: http://americancenturychampionship.com. Tickets are now available for purchase.
JUNE 2018 Nevada State Fair
The State Fair, running for 4 days, is a guaranteed great time for the entire family and admission is FREE. Held at Mills Park in Carson City, Nevada’s State Capital, the fair features four days of fun, entertainment, carnival rides, culture, music and more! Enjoy vendor booths packed with a variety of merchandise, local wares and a plethora of yummy food! Check out exhibits from across the great state of Nevada. The Fair proudly features Rendezvous – see history come to life with Civil War re-enactments, western themed gunfights and horseback cavalry shows. Stroll through the Mountain-man encampment and browse American Indian dancing and crafts. And last, but not least, enjoy the Midway and Carnival! For more information visit http://www. nevadastatefair.org.
JUNE 2018 A Taste of the Comstock
Historic Virginia City, Nevada offers up a chance to get a taste of the town’s heritage from mining history to delicious food and from educational museum tours to whisky and cigar tasting. Savor the history of the Comstock and relish in the experience
of the way it was in its heyday. Lounge in the Whiskey Tent or go on a tasty tour of Virginia City’s finest provisions. Learn about the town’s history through museum exhibits and see real-life mining equipment in action. Purchase tickets online at http://www. visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/taste-of-thecomstock.
JUNE 2018 Biggest Little Invitational
The Biggest Little Invitational is a 21 and over craft beer festival dedicated to showcasing the best of the best in the brewery world. In its first year, with top notch entertainment, local food vendors, some good old fashion lawn games, and the beautiful Bartley Ranch setting, get ready for the new standard of craft beer festivals in Northern Nevada. VIP ticket holders get to enjoy the festival from 12 to 5 pm and general admission ticket holders will enjoy the festival from 1 to 5 pm. Purchase tickets and get more information: http://thebiggestlittleinvitational.com.
JUNE 2018 Stewart Father’s Day Powwow
Bring the family and celebrate Father’s Day weekend by experiencing American Indian heritage, history and pride! For two days the historic and former Stewart Indian School (1890-1980) comes alive with more than 100 dancers, arts and crafts vendors and Indian tacos! Beautiful and colorful, it will be fun for the entire family and admission is FREE! The Stewart Father’s Day Powwow benefits the establishment of the Stewart Indian Cultural Center at 5500 Snyder Avenue in Carson City. For directions to the School and more information, log on to http://stewartindianschool.com/fathers-day-powwow-2018.
JUNE 2018 Sierra Nevada Lavender & Honey Festival A treat for your senses and
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Bibs optional at the 6th Annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest! This All-American event welcomes thousands of attendees and spices up Virginia Street with over 20,000 pounds of chicken wings! Around 20 wing cookers participate in the weekend event, competing for the best sauces and attracting new fans. Free live entertainment on outdoor stages, fun shopping and local celebrity wing judging top off the delicious holiday weekend! Visit https://www.silverlegacyreno.com/event/events/biggest-little-citywing-fest-0 for details.
JULY 2018 Reno Basque Festival
The Basque culture is a big part of Reno’s history and tradition. Celebrate Basque heritage with traditional food, music, dancing, and activities at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. 2018 marks the 51st annual celebration and the event is hosted by the Zazpiak Bat Basque Reno Club. Enjoy watching the weight carrying contest, the wood chopping demonstration, a war cry contest and
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JUNE 2018 Nevada City Classic
2018 marks the 58th anniversary of the Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country. The course for 2018 will go back to the original that was designed by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961. The 2nd Annual Nevada City Mile running race that takes place on the same route happens on Sunday. Saturday evening offers a Brewfest in the Three Forks Brewery & Bakery at 211 Commercial Street from 6 to 9 pm. Come out for this all-inclusive, family friendly weekend! Go to http://www.nevadacityclassic.com for more information.
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Northwoods Tahoe is a publication that reaches across the Lake Tahoe region in California and Nevada. This Bi-month issue Features: Adventur...
Published on May 15, 2018
Northwoods Tahoe is a publication that reaches across the Lake Tahoe region in California and Nevada. This Bi-month issue Features: Adventur...