Author Ellen Osborn to talk El Dorado County history |

Author Ellen Osborn to talk El Dorado County history

A truck drives up Johnson Pass Road, part of the historic Lincoln Highway, in this file photo.The history of El Dorado County will be the focus of an author's presentation this weekend.
Adam Jensen / File photo |

If you go

What: Author Ellen Osborn

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9

Where: South Lake Tahoe branch of El Dorado County Library

Tickets: Free


El Dorado County’s history will be on display during a presentation at the South Lake Tahoe branch of El Dorado County Library this weekend.

Ellen Osborn will read from her book, “A Lovely & Comfortable Heritage Lost,” which includes perspectives on the El Dorado Indian Wars from those who were there, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

“Author Ellen Osborn (great granddaughter of John Calhoun ‘Cock-eye’ Johnson) will share her book, ‘A Lovely & Comfortable Heritage Lost,’ giving us a unique history of El Dorado County, beginning with the early days of the gold rush and the first conflicts with the Native American tribes of the region,” according to a description of the event from the library. “Her book also traces the evolution of California’s Highway 50 from its beginning as the Native American trade trail that became a popular Gold Rush route and explains why it has come to be called one of the most storied and romantic roads in American history. Most importantly, Osborn shares the story of her great-grandfather and the world he lived in as emigrants poured into California, seeking promises of riches and following their own dreams of a new life.”

Sales of book, as well as an author signing, will follow the presentation.

The South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado County Library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

More information is available at

— Lake Tahoe Action

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