Did you know…Tinker’s Knob was named for J.A. Tinker’s nose?
Tinker was a teamster who hauled freight between Soda Springs and mines on the Forest Hill divide, according to Bill Oudegeest on the Serene Lakes Property Owners Association Web page.
From 1867 to 1873 the Central Pacific Railroad station in Old Soda Springs was also known as Tinker’s station, according to the story about Old Soda Springs.
Old Soda Springs, once a noted summer resort, is located about 10 miles west of Lake Tahoe, at the head of the North Fork of the American River.
It was first developed by Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford and first known as Hopkins Springs until a post office was established in 1875.
Today Old Soda Springs is a collection of old log and stone buildings, accessible from the Pacific Crest Trail.
The original spring is still accessible through the floor of one of the buildings, and still produces soda water, according to Oudegeest.
” Sun staff report