I was going through old photos today and ran across some I had taken at Cascade Stables in August 1986. I was there to return some photos that H.R. “Shrimp” Ebright and his wife Katherine had loaned me to copy. I had brought my kids along and before we went on our way, we got to watch the resident farrier shoe a horse.
I’ve been thinking of that day lately, as I drive through the charred moonscape that was once the Ebrights’ lovely forest, and I wonder how much – if any – of the old family compound was saved.
When I say ‘old’, I’m not kidding. “Shrimp’s” grandfather, Dr. Charles Brooks Brigham, began bringing his family to Tahoe before most people ever heard of the place:
To help the reader imagine the hardships and sublime desolation of a late-19th Century summer at Tahoe, I offer one of the photos I was returning to the Ebrights, showing the beautiful lines of the Mower-designed day cruiser Pirate, idling off Rubicon Point about 1915 with Harry Babcock (Dr. Brigham’s brother-in-law) at the wheel:
Pirate was only one of several dozen grand yachts in use on Tahoe prior to 1920. These yachts and their owners are the subject of a history presentation I will be giving July 24, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Tahoe Maritime Museum, just south of Tahoe City (corner of Hwy 89 and Granlibakken Road). I hope to see you there!
Meanwhile, I’ll be posting more photos and info about these grand old boats and the noteworthy Capitalists whose toys they were. Stay tuned!
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