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Lake Tahoe lies in the Sierra Nevada, along the California-Nevada boundary. Its first railroads, were logging roads, delivering mine timbers and cordwood from mills at lakeside to the Comstock mines in Virginia City. Steamboats plied the waters to move people and log booms. As the logging declined, tourists flocked to the lake. A short narrow-gauge railroad was built, to bring tourists from the Southern Pacific at Truckee to the lakeshore, and new steamboats carried travelers around the lake. In 1925 the SP acquired and standard-gauged this line, and finally abandoned it in 1941. But the story of the steam trains and steamboats is a vivid part of Lake Tahoe’s history. – Read more...