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Thunderbird Lodge | Secrets of the castle tour and lecture

TAHOE, Calif. — The secrets of Lake Tahoe’s mysterious Thunderbird Lodge will spring to life on Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.

In partnership with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, Thunderbird Lake Tahoe will present two special curator’s tours and lectures at the historic Thunderbird Lodge in Tahoe’s North Shore. Curator Bill Watson will delve into the intricacies of the magical estate and recent restoration efforts. Learn about the legend and lore of the adventurous and unconventional George Whittell, Jr. including tales of his big game animals, high-stakes poker games, Duesenberg automobiles, and more on the tour.

“Through popular demand, this is the first time we are offering the Curator’s Secrets of the Castle tour,” said Watson. “During the lecture and tour we will share research we’ve discovered that brings to light the legend vs. local myth surrounding the 20th century multi-millionaire tycoon who built this magnificent east shore estate.”

Tickets are $45 per person and this program is appropriate for children ages 12 and older. Light snacks and beverages will be served. A maximum of 25 seats will be sold for each tour event, and guests will be allowed to drive onto the site. Parking is limited and carpooling is appreciated.

Purchase tickets online at www.ThunderbirdTahoe.org or call 775-832-8752.

Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to preserving and protecting the Thunderbird Lodge as a historic site with National significance; promoting public appreciation and education regarding the unique historical, cultural, and architectural resources of Thunderbird Lodge and the Lake Tahoe region; and assisting the region-wide efforts and programs committed to the study and preservation of the fragile Lake Tahoe environment. Thunderbird Lodge receives no government funding for its operations and is maintained and operated solely by charitable donations from the public at-large.


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