Old Tribune sign finds new home at Lake Tahoe Historical Society
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Tahoe Daily Tribune’s old, wooden sign found a new home Tuesday, July 12 — on the outside of Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s building. The sign, which previously hung on the front of the Tribune building at 3079 Harrison Ave., was donated to the museum in early May. Tahoe Mountain Lab, which purchased and refurbished the structure, now operates the building as a co-working space for small businesses. The Tribune is still located in the building, but now lives in the back where the printing press was once housed.
According to Lake Tahoe Historical Society president Diane Johnson, the sign was hung by city staffer Azril Kalik, who works for South Lake Tahoe city manager Nancy Kerry, along with two museum volunteers — Mort Marley and John Long. Other signs will likely be hung on the wall, which faces Tahoe Art League.
“For the locals, we look at is as a piece of history,” Johnson said. “People saw it every day passing on Highway 50.”
David Orr, co-founder/owner of Tahoe Mountain Lab, agreed with Johnson, saying preserving the sign was an important part of renovations.
“The Tribune is an iconic building for South Lake Tahoe,” Orr said. “That’s why we bought it.”
Workers refurbished the building starting last year. It was completed this May.
“We didn’t want to change it too much,” Orr said, noting that the update focused more on rejuvenation. “We preserved the historic nature of the building.”
The first Tribune was published on June 28, 1958. The current structure is not its original building, though the business has been housed on Harrison Avenue for decades.
Lake Tahoe Historical Society is located across the street from the Tahoe Mountain Lab/Tribune building. Check out the sign, and the museum, at 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd.