Lake Tahoe Outlet Gates

California State Historic Landmark 797

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#797 Lake Tahoe Outlet Gates
Conflicting control of these gates, first built in 1870, resulted in the "Tahoe Water War" between lakeshore owners and downstream Truckee River water users, which lasted two decades. The dispute was settled in 1910-11 when techniques for determining water content in snow were developed by Dr. James E. Church, Jr. and made possible accurate prediction and control of the seasonal rise in lake and river levels.

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73 N Lake Blvd (Hwy 89) at SW corner of Truckee River Bridge, Tahoe City.

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