"Tahoe is the most beautiful lake I have ever beheld. It is an emerald on the brow of the
mountain. Marvelously clear and sparkling, it is surrounded by the most enchanting scenery, and is altogether
a surprise, a wonder, a delight. Some time I hope to be able to describe it. I am vain enough to think I could
do it; for I have only to close my eyes, and the whole exquisite picture of radiant skies and autumnal banks
and purple mountains and soft green water glows and melts and shimmers before me. Ah, Nature was in a happy,
tender, divine mood when she formed Lake Tahoe and its exquisite surroundings!"
Grace Greenwood, 1873, p. 185-6, New Life in New Lands : Notes of Travel
Lake Tahoe has been called the jewel of the Sierra and for hundreds of years it has been
a source of beauty and inspiration. The images in this collection represent only a small portion of the photographic
images of Lake Tahoe in the Special Collections Department of the UNR Library. Images were chosen that would
represent a wide range of topics, activities, geographical regions, and time periods.