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Historical Discoveries

July 10, 2005 by  

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I was introduced to a couple of fascinating historical landmarks in Nevada last weekend, not too far from Tahoe. Built in 1864, the Kirkwood Inn is one of the oldest original stage stations and Inns still operating from the early days of the post Gold Rush era. It apparently was an old roadhouse along the old Amador Wagon Road, which sits amidst the mountains at close to 8,000 feet. We arrived on a Harley for lunch. Inside, they tried to reserve as much of the original wooden beams, walls and decor as they could. Food is tres American, diner style, but served in a rustic, charming log cabin setting, with picnic tables outside for those wanting to soak up a bit of mountain air and sunshine. My favorite historical fact is about builder Zack Kirkwood, who is fondly remembered for frequently entertaining his guests with tales of how he had beat the tax collector of each county by moving his herds from one county to the other depending on which county tax man appeared. We then discovered Genoa Bar, established in 1853, known to be Nevada’s oldest ‘thirst parlor.’ Equally as rustic, this bar sits in a small…

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The Return of the Burger

July 4, 2005 by  

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The last time I craved a burger was in October and before that, quite possibly years. While still an all-American habit, I have not regularly indulged in burgers since childhood. As I made my way out of San Francisco for what became a 7.5 hour drive to Lake Tahoe (normally takes about 3.5 apparently), the hamburger craving started. Unlike the moments of reflection I experienced when I succumbed to an A&W burger nine months ago, the craving wasn’t about reliving childhood for a ‘moment in time,’ nor was it a ‘fix’ in the midst of a major life transition, yet it was every bit about comfort and small town charm where things are simple. I discovered a quaint diner called Wagon Train Coffee Shop in Truckee, not far from my final destination. I had a remarkable waitress who at 22 is back home and now married after finishing college in Chicago. I learn that she loves to write. How could I not say “Blog girl, blog.” It’s such a great way to get started and determine what really inspires you at the tips of your fingers. P6300247 So yes, I…

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