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Commission will tour visitors center

Michael Schneider

Today’s Douglas Commission meeting will be preceded by a tour of the soon-to-be-open Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Center at Round Hill Square Mall.

The visitors center has undergone a face-lift, along with the rest of the mall, and now offers visitors a museum-like experience.

The whole office now has new carpet and walls, in addition to the various Tahoe memorabilia and history that adorn the center.



The first room contains courtesy phones patrons can use to reserve a hotel room, book space on a scenic tour of the lake or make various other reservations.

The many Tahoe activities, such as paddle-wheel boats and skiing, are pictured in lighted changeable posters on the walls.



The second room contains the museum portion of the office. It holds historical information on the lake, Washoe Indian history and artifacts and information on various indigenous wildlife among other displays.

Each wall display has a cabinet under it with drawers. The drawers contain further information including other things to do around the lake.

A plastic horse head is mounted on the wall next to a historical representation of the pony express. The horse even snorts back at the viewer.

A television sits in the fireplace and can either show Tahoe promotional videos or a video of a couple logs burning, according to Office Manager Sheila Stanton.

Commissioners will tour the new tourist facility at about 1 p.m. then meet at the Lake Administration Building at 150 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline for the regular commission meeting.

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