City of South Lake Tahoe commemorates 50th anniversary with book |

City of South Lake Tahoe commemorates 50th anniversary with book

Sebastian Foltz
Kiva Beach circa 1969.
Courtesy / City of South Lake Tahoe |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With the start of 2016, South Lake Tahoe’s 50th anniversary year is now officially in the books — quite literally. To honor 50 years of incorporation, the city released a 123-page coffee-table-style book looking back on South Lake Tahoe’s history.

“We thought it was essential to commemorate the accomplishments of the first 50 years,” city spokeswoman Tracy Franklin said. “There wasn’t a book for the 25th, 30th or 40th.”

The heavily illustrated book includes photos and news clippings for all eras since incorporation, along with a foreword by former mayor Del Laine and introduction by current city councilman Hal Cole.

“I think it was a great idea,” Cole said. “It was a lot of work. I’ve got to hand it to Nancy (Kerry) and Tracy (Franklin). They worked on it for about a year.”

“It was by far the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on,” Franklin said of sifting through 50 years of archived materials. “We hope that it stirs a lot of personal memories.”

She also said that in addition to their existing archive, a number of people sent in clippings and memories of their own. Franklin added that the city will continue accept donations to their archive going forward.

In an effort to keep the book project local, the city published the book through Meyers-based Bona Fide Books.

The $25 book is only available for purchase at the city’s offices in the Lake Tahoe Airport. Orders can be made by phone.

“It’s hard to put 50 years in a book of that size,” Cole said, further commending the project. “It’s a great collection to give somebody a feel of why we incorporated.”

Franklin also mentioned that the city will also be releasing a video, likely some time in January, with interviews from key figures in South Tahoe history.

South Lake Tahoe originally incorporated in 1965, after a construction boom around the 1960 Olympics. The primary goal for incorporation was to have more autonomy from the county and control public services like police and fire departments along with snow removal.

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