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Historic house to be opened to public

Dr. Eliza Cook’s historic Foothill Home will be open to the public for the first time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and 26. Also on display will be some of Dr. Cook’s personal items and her diploma from Cooper School of Medicine, now Stanford University. Cook is thought to be the first woman doctor in Nevada.

Cook’s home has been in the Park Hansen family for several generations. Upon Cook’s death in the 1940s her cousin Dave Park continued to live in the home until his death. The house was then closed up until it was purchased several years ago by Dr. Donald Toussau, a Lake Tahoe dentist. Toussau remodeled the home by adding indoor plumbing and a modern kitchen, but the home and property retains much of its historic charm. Toussau was a very private person and only opened his home and property to a few close friends. Among his friends were performers at Lake Tahoe showrooms such as Ann Margaret and Olympic skater Peggy Fleming, who has skated on ponds at the property.

Hickey Homes & Development has purchasd the property for Taylor Creek Estates, a future gated community nestled along Foothill Road near Kingsbury Grade with wooded and open space, walking trails and ponds. Dr. Cook’s home will be moved less than a mile from its present location to Laura Springs Ranch.

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