Discovering Historical Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Basin is just as rich in American cultural history, as it is in it's beautiful sights and tourist attractions. Known as one of our nation's most spectacular areas and home to the second deepest alpine lake in the nation, there is much knowledge to gain about the mountainous region.

Where did Tahoe get its name?
The Washoe tribe began inhabiting Tahoe as far back as 10,000 years ago. The name "Tahoe" comes from the Washoe word "Da ow a ga" meaning "edge of the lake."

The origin of the name is just one of the abundant facts to learn about Tahoe and surrounding areas. The story is too complex to condense into one article and we are fortunate to have organizations such as the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society to relay the information for modern day visitors and locals. Their mission is to preserve, present and interpret Lake Tahoe history.

The NLTHS hosts three museums located in Tahoe City, as well as an annual speaker series and many events throughout the Summer. Organizations such as the NLTHS allow us to deepen our knowledge of this spectacular area.

Winter Sports History
When you consider the cultural and geological history of the area, one must consider the impact winter sports has had on Tahoe's footprint in American sports history. Recreational skiing in the Sierra mountain range dates back to the 1930's.

The Lake Tahoe Ski Club hosted the 1931 Winter Olympic Tryouts at Olympic Hill, which we now call Granlibakken. Sugar Bowl Resort built the first ski lift in California. Fast-forward to the 1960's when Tahoe gained international recognition by hosting the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. The games were the first ever televised in Olympic history and the exposure had quite an impact on Tahoe tourism. This placed Tahoe on the map for adventure sports and Olympic athletes were born in Tahoe.

Want to learn more about Historical Tahoe?
This blog just barely begins to scratch the surface of the many layers of Tahoe history and traditions to be discovered. That's why each and every tour offered at Tahoe Adventure Company includes natural and human history facts and discussion.

Tahoe Adventure Company offers several options for enjoying Lake Tahoe's most historical sites, all while learning about the fascinating natural and human history of the area. All historical tours include, transportation, our awesome and knowledgeable guides, natural and human history discussions, bottled water and snacks. BBQ and Wine & Cheese options are available upon request.
Call to book today: 530-913-9212. Reservations are required.



Tahoe Adventure Company - 7010 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148 - (530) 913-9212