Many Tahoe residents may not be aware of the old Al Tahoe Historical Cemetery spanning a few lots near the corner of Alameda and Berkeley Avenues, South Lake Tahoe. The cemetery originally occupied part of the Thomas Rowland estate, which covered much of the South Shore. Land for the community cemetery was donated by Rowland in the late 1800s. Over the many years that followed, and years of vandalism, decay and natural weathering, as well as development and construction in the area, many individuals have attempted to maintain the cemetery. In 1976 Donald Deede, a Boy Scout in Troop 494, was inspired to clean up the old Al Tahoe cemetery for his Eagle Scout project. In the years that followed, students in South Tahoe Middle School’s Club Live and other volunteers have helped to clean up the cemetery. Today, the project has been taken over by the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra. Each year, once in the spring and again in the fall, club members gather to rake up and bag pine needles and other debris that has accumulated on the grounds.
We gathered in the Bevmo/TJMax parking lot to collect lightly used luggage. Over 350 pieces of luggage, duffle bags, backpacks and sleeping bags were collected for children and youth in transition. These youngsters include foster children and transitional aged youth who may be homeless or couch surfers.