Photographer's Note

In this view is the Commons Beach jail, north Lake Tahoe built in the 1930s, surrounded by autumn colored willows and maples.

In 1901 Tahoe City needed a jail and a constable for unruly patrons upon completion of a 15 mile rail line from Truckee to Lake Tahoe. The first constable, Robert Watson was a trailblazer, lumberman and accomplished horseman. Constable Watson offered his prisoners the option of sleeping on his kitchen floor rather than the confined concrete bunker jail if they promised to behave. Reportedly the jail never housed a prisoner.

In 1935 the second constable, Harry Edward Johanson,an accomplished amateur athlete, Hollywood stunt double, former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, and trained architect, designed and built a replacement jail seen in this image.

Today, the jail is a historical protected structure at the Commons Beach public park with a fine view of Lake Tahoe, near Lakeshore Boulevard.

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