A fully accessible walkway to the entrance of the Baldwin Museum at the Tallac Historic Site was recently completed.
Last season, six high-hazard trees were removed from the Tallac Site, including two at the entrance to the museum, according to John Shilling of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. Roots had made the walkway uneven and hazardous and the main entrance to the court yard was closed. The repairs to the walkway were completed July 3. The work was supervised by Devin Hiemstra, the U.S. Forest Service Generation Green crew leader. Technical assistance and training was provided by John Long, longtime volunteer at the site. Materials were paid for by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. he Foundation has annually received donations earmarked for increased handicapped access.
“The THF board of directors has made the repair of the entrance walk our highest priority,” Tahoe Heritage Foundation president Joe Tillson stated in a press release. “I inspected the site and am very pleased with the work of Devin and Generation Green and value our partnership with the Forest Service.”
The Baldwin Museum was the summer residence of Dextra Baldwin McGonagle, grand-daughter of Elias “Lucky” Baldwin. The building, along with the Tevis-Pope house and Valhalla are on the National Register of Historic Places. While no photographs were found of the original state of the courtyard, the new walkway meets the standards of historic preservation by being notably different from what likely was the original walk. The new walk is made from square concrete pavers which reflect the pattern of the Tallac Point promenade located at the adjacent Kiva picnic area.