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At the bottom of Lake Tahoe lies the ghost of what was once a thriving resort, accessible only by boat.
The huge freshwater lake sandwiched between California and Nevada experienced a boom in vacationers from the late 1880s into the early 1990s as the emergence of railroads brought more and more city dwellers out to the country.
But in the 1950s, success began to dwindle.
For one Emerald Bay resort on the northern shores, this meant shutting down – and with no more use for their small boats, the owners decided to sink the whole fleet.
Decades - Researchers - University - California - Undertaking
Now, decades later, researchers from the University of California have begun an undertaking to document the mysterious boat ‘graveyard’ that still sits at the bottom of the lake.
The team is using the expertise of both divers and non-divers to create high-resolution 3D models of the submerged site.
Depths - Lake - Tahoe - Home - Group
The depths of Lake Tahoe are now home to the largest group of small sunken boats in the nation, according to the team.
This includes pleasures boats, such as rowboats and fishing boats, and even larger steam launches and barges.
Lake - Way - Lynn - Dodd - Associate
‘Sinking them in the lake was an easy way to dispose of them,’ said Lynn Dodd, associate professor of the practice of...
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