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Take a trip with 'Tales & Towns Along The Truckee'

Tahoe author Roger Huff’s latest book is certain to be another hot seller with residents and visitors learning more about the area’s fascinating past.

During their voyage down one of the most historic rivers in the American West, readers of “Tales & Towns Along The Truckee: A Hundred Miles of History” will visit former settlements, speakeasies, legendary locations, labor camps, brothels, breweries, and boom towns.

Along the way, they meet the explorers, emigrants, dreamers, schemers, heroes, hookers, immigrants, inventors, miners, millworkers, robbers, railroaders, gamblers, and good folks who lived in them.

This book showcases Huff’s ability to present material in a manner that is both informative and entertaining. Its seldom-seen old photographs and captivating stories will kindle interest among folks who dozed through high school history classes; its witty wording will tickle even humorless historians; and its trivial tidbits will surprise self-proclaimed know-it-alls. For example:

Where would you search for the remnants of Hollow Tree Camp, Lake Lahontan, and Knoxville?

What are the local legends of the Water Babies, Big Chief, and Stone Mother?

Who were the “601,” six-weekers, ice men, and celestials?

What do you know about Truckee’s most famous gunfight, the various plans to steal Lake Tahoe’s water, and Verdi’s Great Train Robbery?

How did the Truckee River supposedly get its name, and for what Joe King’s “goat ranch” and the area’s “blind pigs” become well-known?

What are the fascinating stories behind the Paiute War, Floriston, Reno’s riveted trousers, Sparks, the Mustang Ranch, and the Bridge of Sighs?

If you are even slightly curious about the answers, grab a copy of “Tales & Towns Along The Truckee: A Hundred Miles of History” at The Bookshelf in Truckee, Swigard’s in Tahoe City, The Potlach in Incline Village, Nev. and other local area gift shops, museums, etc.

For more information about Roger Huff’s other books, visit www.WriteAweigh.com.

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