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Nevada's state park Sand Harbor on the east shore of Lake Tahoe is a fine place to visit. The resources of Tahoe were prized by Native Americans long before Europeans discovered it. The Washo tribe spent summers at Sand Harbor fishing, hunting and gathering.

In the early 1880s, lumber baron Walter Scott Hobart cut trees down around the east side of the lake, then towed them by steam ship, then transferred by rail to a sawmill in Incline. After processing the lumber was hauled by a tramway 4,000 feet over the mountains to be carried to the rich Comstock Lode mines in Virginia City.

With the rampant cutting of Tahoe's forest, by the 1890s the lumber source moved to north west Tahoe at Truckee. Hobart's son inheriting his father's wealth spent it on a lavish life style. Frank Fuller of the paint company purchased Sand Harbor in the early 1920s. Then in the early 1930s, George Whittell Jr. wealthy San Franciscan bought the area.

In 1958 the elderly Whittell reluctantly sold Sand Harbor to the State of Nevada for public use.
Today Sand Harbor is a popular park with more than a million visitors annually.

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