Son of Late `Bonanza' Star Seeks to Preserve Lake Tahoe History

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INCLINE VILLAGE (AP) - A group of Incline Village residents led by the son of late "Bonanza" star Lorne Greene is trying to preserve the history of the north Lake Tahoe community.

Chuck Greene and other history buffs have discussed plans to create a local historical society and to open a museum.

While the group's short-term goal is to preserve documents and conduct oral histories, Greene says it would like to open a museum focusing on Incline Village and Crystal Bay down the road.

Among other things, the museum would feature exhibits on local entertainment history, including Frank Sinatra's ownership of the Cal Neva Resort and the old Ponderosa Ranch tourist attraction in Incline Village.

The latter was fictional home of Bonanza's Cartwright family during 428 episodes from 1959 to 1972.

Greene says the group wants to conduct oral histories with the community's oldtimers as soon as possible

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