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Incline Village, Nevada is situated in Washoe County and is located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It was originally called simply Incline, after the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company incline railway that ran through the area. In 1859, the Comstock Lode was discovered. The Comstock was inarguably the most important mining discovery in the history of America. It was the first major silver lode found in America. More than 57% of the ore which was mined from the area was silver, and 42% was gold. The influx of prospectors and others looking for money was startling. It was commonly called the "Rush to Washoe", in much the same way California's boom was called the "Gold Rush. In order to establish mines at the Comstock, lumber was needed in large amounts, and the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company, a logging company which operated in the area, set about helping to fulfill that need. They put large quantities of timber harvested around Tahoe onto the incline railway. Each load was taken up to 1,400 feet and dropped into a gravity flume down the western side of the mountain into a 3,000 foot tunnel which ended at Virginia City. The Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company soon operated numerous other railroad lines, both narrow gauge and standard gauge. Between 1859 and 1882, the official amount of over removed from the Comstock was more than $305,779,612. (That's $6.9 billion in 2017 dollars.) From the time Nevada became a state in 1864, the popularity of the area with the wealthy, working lumbermen and companies, and businessmen was obvious. Dozens if not scores of resorts opened up on Lake Tahoe, and visitors poured in. But there was no straight route in, and the methods used to get to the North Shore were a series of dizzying methods of transportation. The first post office in what was then called simply Incline was established in February of 1884. In the 1930s, a former gambler who had turned real estate tycoon named Norman Blitz bought much of the scenic wilderness what was Tahoe's North Shore and then sold it to rich people. In 1935, George Whittell Jr. bought 26 miles of shoreline and 40,000 acres between Zephyr Cove and Crystal Bay, essentially becoming the new owner of more than 95% of the shoreline of Lake Tahoe's North Shore. And for the next 35 years, Whittell, commonly known as the Nevada's first conservationist, steadily bought up properties in Carson, Douglas, and Washoe Counties and built the Thunderbird Lodge, his summer home. While gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, it was not until the mid-1950s that the gaming industry became popular in Tahoe. All of this set the stage for the planned community of Incline Village which was meant to be a year-round recreational town, which was developed in 1960. Throughout the mid-1960s and early 1970s, roads, beaches, schools, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, a ski resort and a golf course were established. In September of 1959, a western television series called "Bonanza" aired for the first time. Some 431 episodes later, in 1973, the last episode aired. The opening of every episode featured a burning map followed by Ben Cartwright and his sons riding toward us in a clearing. That opening scene was filmed on location near Incline Village. In 1959, Whittell sold 9,000 acres to an investment company for $5 million. This investment sold it to the Crystal Bay Development Company in 1960 for $25 million. It was quickly developed into a new situated near the original tramline which served the area during the mining boom of the Comstock Lode. That town was named Incline Village. It was subdivided into 1,700 lots, and its creation of yet another boom in the area, this time a housing boom.

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