Stop #9: Between the Indian cabin and the Artist’s and Blacksmith’s shops

“The cabin on the lakeside of the path was called the Indian cabin.  The Tevises used this cabin as a playroom or gymnasium for their four young boys.  When the Popes bought the estate, they decorated this cabin in Indian decor and used it as an additional guest cabin.  Note the addition on the back, added by the Popes.  Now look to the opposite side of the trail.  The cabin on the far right is called the Pacheco cabin.  William Tevis’s wife, Mirabella Pacheco, was the daughter of the first native governor of California.  The next cabin on the left is the Twin Cabin, built by the Popes for additional guest rooms.  Both of these cabins were built with indoor plumbing.  The next cabin to the left is the artist’s cabin.  The Popes built this cabin for an artist they met while vacationing in Italy, whom they invited to spend summers working at their estate.  Notice the unique architecture and the cedar bark covering.  The building behind the Artist’s cabin is the Blacksmith’s shop, and there is also a small power room between these two.  All estates had electricity from the time of their construction because of the water that Lucky streamed down from Fallen Leaf Lake.  During certain times of the week, we have a volunteer blacksmith who works in the blacksmith shop.  The artist’s cabin has been used by the Tallac Site to host local artists and volunteers’ exhibits and items.  Both the Tevises and the Popes had avid equestrians in their families.  William Tevis started the Tevis Endurance Cup, a long-distance horse race from Squaw Valley to Auburn that still takes place annually.  The Popes owned the 1962 Kentucky Derby winner, named Decidedly.  The Pope boys played polo on the quarter-sized polo field they had installed on the south side of the estate here.  The Forest Service purchased the entire Pope estate in 1965 for $750,000.  Continue down the path towards the Valhalla Estate.”

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