Stop #4: In between Anita and Dextra Cabins

“Lucky’s second daughter, Anita, inherited the Lake Tahoe property after Lucky’s death in 1909.  She decided to have the remaining buildings of the resort torn down in 1928 for at least two reasons.  The old buildings were becoming increasingly costly and difficult to maintain.  Anita also had concerns over how the hotel sewage was affecting the lake.  Besides these reasons, the resort was also losing its exclusive feel as more and more people flocked to the south shore.  However, the two cabins in front of you remain the oldest on the Tallac property.  They were moved here from Lucky’s resort for Anita and her daughter Dextra to live in while they built their own private summer cabins, Anita’s on Fallen Leaf Lake, located just south of here, and Dextra’s that now houses the Baldwin museum.  Anita and Dextra stayed in the cabin nearest the lake, while their servants stayed in the south cabin, which has the only kitchen.  Anita differed from her daughter in that she was single for most of her life and remained committed to philanthropic pursuits.  She was particularly passionate about the environment, women’s rights, animal rights, and hospitals.  Dextra, on the other hand, epitomized the extravagant lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties.  Living up to the flapper image, she threw parties, dressed lavishly, embraced her feminine independence, and enjoyed an active social life.  She married and divorced five times and birthed one child.  Although Dextra did enjoy racing boats on Lake Tahoe, both she and Anita came to their summer estate mostly to enjoy the solitude and quiet beauty of the lake.  As you walk towards the museum, notice the Washoe garden on your right.  This is a work in progress to create a garden with plants that the Washoe would have gathered here on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.  The Washoe were the local Native Americans who spent their winters in Nevada’s Carson Valley and summered in Lake Tahoe.  The name "Tahoe" is thought to come from the Washoe words “da-ow-a-ga”, meaning “edge of the lake.”  The first white settlers probably heard the first two syllables as “Tahoe.”

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