Ghostly visitors from Tahoe’s past delight nighttime hikers |

Ghostly visitors from Tahoe’s past delight nighttime hikers

Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comSome NLTHS spooky ghosts included, from left: Mike Rhea, Nileta and Dick Morton, Robin Dworkin and Cindy Gustafson.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Visitors to the Gatekeeper’s Museum were greeted by almost a dozen Tahoe ghosts as they strolled through the Black Bear Forest at the Tahoe City’s venue Oct. 13.

The ghosts, who were family friendly, were very eager to tell children and adults alike their tales of fortune and misfortune and what life was like in their time at the lake. The ghosts were from different points in Tahoe history, and included such sorrowful figures as Mrs. Reed and Patty Reed of the Donner Party, as well as eccentric characters such as the Hermit of Emerald Bay, with his toes in a box. Many of the ghosts bore strong resemblances to local residents, including Adia Van Peborgh, Avery Spencer, Danielle Baffone, Mallory Tyler, Cindy Gustafson, Mike Rhea, Dick and Nileta Morton, Karen Willcuts, Robin Dworkin and Javier Rodriguez.

The event, which drew more than 50 visitors, began at 7:30 p.m. (because it was a school night) and included refreshments and free museum admission until 9 p.m. Children and parents enjoyed the ghosts and lingered in the museum, with children explaining the exhibits to their parents, because they had visited the museum on school field trips!

At the close of the evening, a good time was had by all and both young and old expressed hope the ghosts might be lured back to visit again next year.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum, run by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, is currently on winter hours, open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., or by previous appointment at 530-583-1762 or e-mail

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