Heritage project progresses
The Tahoe Heritage Foundation has completed its first phase of restoration on the hand-cut stone chimne of the Anita Gibson cabin on the Tallac Historic Site. The work was made possible through a grant from the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation.
Local craftsman Ted Wendell is completing the masonry work. The chimney had suffered from years of harsh winters and stones were falling out creating holes in the sides and hazards for pedestrians below.
The “Dextra” and “Anita” cabins originally were located on the adjacent Tallac Hotel grounds and were moved to their current locations to provide a kitchen and living quarters for Dextra and her family while the main house was being built. The cabins later were used as guest cabins. Dextra Baldwin ws the granddaughter of E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin. She had the main house built in 1920 and she and her family spent their summers in the house until 1969.
The Heritage Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to restore, protect and interpret the history of the Lake Tahoe Basin. This summer they are restoring the DL Bliss State Park Lighthouse, the Angora Fire Lookout, the Dextra Baldwin Cabin and the Meiss Cabin. They also sponsor interpretive programs at the Tallac Historic Site and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
Since the foundation was created, the trustees, staff and volunteers have accomplished a number of projects, including interpretive signage at the Tallac Historic Site, Fallen Leaf Lake and Glen Alpine Springs. They also produce special events with the USDA Forst Service at the Tallac site and Taylor Creek Visitor Center and help sponsor an intern program through funds transferred to the Forest Service.
For more information, call (530) 544-7383 or visit the foundation’s web site at http://www.tahoeheritage.org.
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