California Historical Landmarks in Placer County

California Historical Landmark 797
Lake Tahoe Outlet Gates
73 North Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City


Lake Tahoe Outlet Gates

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

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

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