Lake Tahoe is more than Jewel of the Sierra — it is a place of legend, beauty, and fun. Tahoe's history tells how the Sierras were a major obstacle for pioneers trying to reach California with dreams of gold mining as the steady boom of westward migration took off during 1849 & 1850's.  The extension of the Central Pacific Railroad via Donner Pass at Donner Lake gave ease of transporting goods to Sierra's mountainous terrain, opening the door to a variety of occupations & trades.  Soon the Lincoln Highway was complete in 1913, crossing the Sierra as part of the first coast-to-coast paved route. As railway and roadside stops throughout the Sierra grew in popularity, more travelers were exposed to the beauty of the Tahoe Basin. Buzz began to grow about the area as a viable vacation destination. By the late 19th century, Lake Tahoe had become a popular vacation spot for wealthy & adventurous San Francisco residents trying to escape city life in search of world-class winter sports. Learn more about all the rich history in Lake Tahoe area that now brings in 3 million visitors each year.