Introduction to South Lake Tahoe, California
South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County, is 19 miles SW of Carson City, Nevada (center to center) and 85 miles E of Sacramento, California. The city is included in the Sacramento metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 23,609 people lived in South Lake Tahoe.
South Lake Tahoe History
South Lake Tahoe boasts a rich and colorful historical past. For centuries, the Washo Indians used to gather on the shores of Lake Tahoe and carry out sacred ceremonies as the considered it to be a spiritual site. In 1844, the American explorers Kit Carson and John Fremont arrived in this area. The tribals used to call the lake "Da-ow-a-ga," or "edge of the Lake," but the Americans mistook it for 'Tahoe'. In different times, the lake was christened with different names, but 'Tahoe' stuck, and the place was officially given this name in 1945. Initially, the region was known for its rich silver mines, but now the area is a thriving community and a popular tourist destination.
South Lake Tahoe and nearby Attractions
- South Lake Tahoe Branch El Dorado County Library
- Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierras
- Happy Homestead Cemetery
- Trout Creek
- Upper Truckee River
- Timber Cove Marina
Things To Do In South Lake Tahoe
The cultural and historical heritage of the city is expressed in the memorial buildings, city halls, and the county libraries. The magnificent lake city has numerous marinas like the Beachcomer Marina, the Timber Cove Marina, the Lakeside Marina, the Tahoe Keys Marina and the Ski Run Marina. These marinas offer stunning views, as well as some amazing recreational facilities. The city has a charming creek, Trout Creek and the picturesque Upper Truckee River. There are also a number of amusement parks and quaint churches that one can visit. The El Dorado Beach is also nearby.
South Lake Tahoe Transportation
Lake Tahoe Airport serves the area.
South Lake Tahoe Higher Education
Lake Tahoe Community College offers educational opportunities within the city.