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August 21, 1863: Lake Tahoe

August 21, 2013

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Lake Tahoe (vicinity of Camp 139); by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 139

[Today] we came on up the road, crossed the pass, sank into Lake Valley, and are camped now at the south side of the lake. From the summit there is a fine view of the lake and of Lake Valley, which stretches south from the head….

The lake is the feature of the place. A large log hotel is here, and many pleasure seekers are here, both from California and from Nevada. I was amused at a remark of a teamster who stopped here for a drink—the conversation was between two teamsters who looked at things in a practical light, one a stranger here, the other acquainted:

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Lake Tahoe (vicinity of Camp 139); by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

No. 1. “A good many people here!”

No. 2. “Yes.”

No. 1. “What they all doing?”

No. 2. “Nothing.”

No. 1. “Nothing at all?”

No. 2. “Why, yes—in the city we would call it bumming (California word for loafing), but here they call it pleasure.”

Both take a drink and depart for their more practical and useful avocations.

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