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1868 - Thomas McConnell of Sacramento bought 2 miles of lakefront from a point north of Eagle rock past the current Homewood.
1910 - Hotel Homewood started by Annien and Atrhur Jost.
Chambers Landing / John McKinney:
What we know today as Chambers Landing was started by John Washington McKinney, a genuine mountain man, when he founded Hunter's Retreat here in 1863, claimed to be the finest hunting and fishing camp in the Sierra Nevada, here in 1863.
The part of Lake Tahoe by Homewood and Tahoma is called McKinney Bay.
By 1869, McKinney had created a resort with 20 cabins and a number of tents. The present Chambers bar was built in 1875 - the first boathouse on Tahoe - although from the beginning, it doubled as a bar and clubhouse.
John Muir, the famous naturalist and outdoorsman, was among the many notable early Californians who were regular guests at McKinney's. Muir once described the sugar pines surrounding the resort as "priests of the forest extending their arms in benediction over the congregation."
McKinney, the colorful former-mountain man, was a good host but a poor businessperson. He lost the retreat in 1892 over a $600 whisky debt. William Westhoff, a "spirits drummer" from Sacramento, took over the property. n 1920, David Henry Chambers purchased McKinney's resort from the Westhoffs and renamed it Chambers Lodge.
Ernest Kettenhoffen purchased the property in 1956 with partners that he quickly bought out. Ernest's brother, Ray, who ran the resort, had the white sand for the beach trucked in from Carmel.
In 1969, Kettenhoffen sold Chambers Lodge to the Pirini Corporation.
Source: Chambers Landing, The Original Boat Bar at TahoeQuarterly.com
Rick Brown is a long time local, who as a teenager worked at his Grandfathers Homewood resort, then manager of Sunnyside Resturant, then VP with Home Mountain Resort is now owner of Swiss Lakewood Resturant and Chambers Landing Bar and Grill.
In the early 1960s, a local youth hauled skiers on a rope tow up what would become Homewood's mountain. When he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, another local stole the rope tow and moved it south to Tahoe Ski Bowl.
Lake Avenue (beach) ownership controversy:
In his original Lakeside subdivision (1918), which included one row of lots on each side side of Hwy 89, Thomas McConnell had established the beach as a public road available to all residents not just the lakefront homeowners.
In in the late 50's the Calendars and Perrymans prompted Placer County in the late 50's to order all the individual lakefront owners to remove side fences and decks off their (Placer County's) Beach. The Lakefront owner's sued back and the Court Decision of Royal Miller vs Placer County concluded that neither the Lakefront owner's or Placer County owned this beach parcel; it belonged to all the uphill as well as Lakefront owners, primarily? because of the recorded 1918? notice by the Subdivider Tom McConnell of his intent for this Beach parcel.
In the early 60's, Ray Perryman, worked with Placer County on the issue.
The following is based on some correspondence my father had and my best recollection and may not be completely accurate:
There were issues as to the boundaries of lake Ave. It was technically from the high water mark to the edge or the lakefront property owners lot, but many property owners had decks which came almost to the high water mark and they, understandably, didn't want people walking across their decks.
The last documentation I could find in my father's files was in Oct. 1989, where the state Attorney General was involved in resolving the issue.
In 1991 the "Homewood Homeowners Association" was formed unifying the two organizations. It included property owners in the Lakeside, San Souci, Saunders-Taylor tracts and that portion of the McKinney Tract extending from South Street to the northern boundary of Ski Run Boulevard.
I don't have any details on the compromise, but I think the non-lakefront owners were given rights/ownership to parcels at the end of Silver, Oak and Fern streets and the lakefront owners got rights/ownership to the beaches in front of their properties.
The Feb., 2006 Homewood Home Owners Association minutes state:
These are parcels at the end of Silver, Oak and Fern (some parking) Streets. As of Spring 2007 the Home Owners Assn. still needed official parcel numbers for these tracts to apply for permits for buoys on the lake.
In the spring of 2007 Mr. Topol promised to contribute $100,000 to the Homewood Home Owners Association for development of public beach access in the Homewood area, for their support of his revised plan (6 units instead of 9) for the expansion of "Villas at Harborside".
In 2010 the lakefront homeowners hired an attorney to work on the issue and he concluded the same as the Royal Miller Case.
Homewood Home Owners Association
Chambers Landing, The Original Boat Bar at TahoeQuarterly.com
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society - Exhibits - Including copies of pictures like the Homewood Resort above
Old Homewood newsletters at Homewood Mountain Resort
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