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History of Lake Tahoe



Native people

The area around Lake Tahoe was originally inhabited by the Washoe tribe of Native Americans. Lake Tahoe was the center and heart of Washoe Indian territory, including the upper valleys of the Walker, Carson and Truckee Rivers. The English name for Lake Tahoe derives from the Washo word “dá’aw," meaning “Lake”.

Exploration and naming

Lt. John C. Frémont was the first person of European descent to

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