Did you know… that Tahoe Basins East Shore lakes are artificial? | SierraSun.com

Did you know… that Tahoe Basins East Shore lakes are artificial?

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The mountains above Tahoes eastern shore were riddled with flumes, pipelines, and logging during the Nevada mining boom of the late 19th century.With the Comstock Lode gold and silver boom beginning in 1860 in Virginia City and Gold Hill, demand for timber and water exploded, turning the focus of entrepreneurs to the Carson Range to the west. Marlette Lake, Hobart Reservoir and Spooner Lake were created or dammed to supply a network of flumes and pipelines known as the Marlette-Hobart Water System.A box flume that carried water from Marlette Lake to Tunnel Creek Station is now the site of, and lends its name to, the popular Marlette Flume Trail.Both this and another flume were built through a 4,000-foot tunnel that emptied onto the east side of the Carson Range, joining the key pipeline of the Comstock, which brought 10 million gallons of water per day to Virginia City.As the Comstock declined, livestock grazing replaced timber harvest in the early 20th century, and the forest slowly returned. But the lakes remained as a new public resource. Information from Nevada State Parks

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