Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society is a source of fascinating information on the area. The society traces local history from the early Washoe inhabitants up through the logging industry and the rise of gambling to the modern-day developments of Incline and Crystal Bay as vacation – and life – destinations. Their long-standing exhibit, The Early Years, focuses on the 100-year period from 1870 through 1970. Using photos, artifacts and stories, the exhibit gives you an idea of the scope of logging operations on the North Shore and their impact on the environment. You’ll learn about some of the eccentric characters such as George Whittell, who kept game animals like lions and elephants at his Thunderbird estate. The exhibit culminates with a room dedicated to the TV show Bonanza and the impact its popularity had on the region. With a mission to preserve local history, expand appreciation of heritage and “celebrate our pride of place,” the Historical Society gladly accepts donations of photographs, memorabilia and monetary contributions. Whether you’re a long-time local or a first-time visitor, you’re sure to take something away with you from The Early Years of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.
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