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Re: How Lake Tahoe Got Its Name

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avatar How Lake Tahoe Got Its Name
September 05, 2009 08:15PM
Note the name on the map for Lake Tahoe. Wikipedia claims name persisted until as late as 1945.


http://www.thepress.net/pages/full_story/push?article-How+Lake+Tahoe+got+its+name%20&id=3140630-How+Lake+Tahoe+got+its+name&instance=left_column

Lake Tahoe would be known today as Bigler Lake if not for the efforts of Brentwood-area resident Robert Garwood Dean........... Dean led the effort to change the lake’s name because of the pro-slavery, pro-Southern posture of its original namesake, Gov. John Bigler.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/05/2009 08:17PM by Frank Furter.
avatar Re: How Lake Tahoe Got Its Name
September 06, 2009 11:24AM
Interesting article, save the unnecessary political dig by the author in the last paragraph.
avatar Re: How Lake Tahoe Got Its Name
September 06, 2009 01:42PM
I stumbled on this issue when looking up some Mark Twain info. Apparently during his Virginia City Reporting days he wrote some about Bigler Lake. It is hard to tell if he is being sarcastic, but the quotations suggest some racial issues (perhaps reflecting Clemens' life long tergiversation on the issue).
http://www.twainquotes.com/Tahoe.html



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