Scenic cruise highlights dedicated work |

Scenic cruise highlights dedicated work

Staff reports

Twenty summer volunteers at the Tallac Historic Site as well as members of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation board of directors combined business and pleasure recently when they were treated to a cruise of Lake Tahoe aboard The Party Boat anchored at the Tahoe Keys Marina.

Capt. Ron Williams, owner of Lakeview Sports and the 49-passenger boat, hosted the group on a two-hour cruise to view the recently restored Rubicon Point Lighthouse at Bliss State Park. While the volunteers enjoyed the sun and lake, THF board members conducted their monthly meeting before joining the volunteers for a light brunch provided by Capt. Williams and the THF board.

Funds for the stabilization and interpretation of the Rubicon Point Lighthouse were provided by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation through a $20,000 grant from the James Lennane family, while $5,000 from the Henry Lapkin family and Judy Koch was used for archeological research. Restoration specialist Chuck Fell and Mike Whitsell of California State Parks provided the physical restoration of the structure. The Rubicon Point Lighthouse is the highest elevation lighthouse on a navigable body of water in the world at 6, 500 feet. It was originally built in 1919 and provided light to Lake Tahoe for two years.

The first lighting of the lighthouse in 80 years will begin slightly before dusk on July 7. People will be able to view the light from their boats on Lake Tahoe as well as from the shore.

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