Text excerpt from log report for Day 7:

The area's tempting recreational possibilities and the good economic outlook generated by growing tourism figures have also made South Lake Tahoe an attractive residential destination. According to Steinicke (1995, 66), the town counted approximately 2,000 inhabitants in 1950 and around 6,000 in 1960. Since then, population growth has been formidable. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census 1970 - 1990, and the California Department of Finance 1998, the development was as follows:

1970: pop. - 12,921
1980: pop. - 20,681
1990: pop. - 29,652
1998: pop. - 35,000.

Picture: South Lake Tahoe: A fast growing city hidden in Ponderosa Pine forest
Picture: South Lake Tahoe: The "casino district" across the border on Nevada State territory
Picture: Tyrolean style architecture South Lake Tahoe

The influence of tourism on the settlement of the High Sierra becomes even more evident if one looks at the development of the population figures for the entire Lake Tahoe Region. Of some 2,000 residents who lived in the northern part around 1930, the overall population grew to over 70,000 by 1995 (cf. log report for Day 6). Notably, the tourism boom has led to a resettlement of the central High Sierra. Since the 1980's this part of the Sierra Nevada has become a prime example of counterurbanization.

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