Fannette Island Tea House

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Fannette Island Tea House - Photo by Sam May

Fannette Island Tea House - Photo by Sam May

Built on the only island in Lake Tahoe, this small ruin is known as the Tea House. It was constructed by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, a wealthy widower and owner of a nearby mansion. Ms. Knight would take tea in this small ruin in the 1930s and since then it has become a picturesque landmark on Fannette Island. Fannette Island was also the home of Captain Dick "Them's my toes" Barter from 1863 to 1873. The eccentric captain had moved from England and built his own tomb and chapel on the island. He enjoyed sailing but almost died when caught in a sudden storm rowing back to the island. He survived by tying himself to his dinghy and riding out the storm. Unfortunately, he got frostbite in two toes and earned his nickname from his penchant of showing his self-amputated toes to guests. (Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe, California, USA)

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