Meiss Family Cabin, Meiss Meadow, Meiss Country Roadless Area

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 07 May 2014

Forest Service Sign at Meiss Cabin in the Meiss Country Roadless Area in the Southernmost part of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

 Meiss Cabin historical marker, Forest Service.


Welcome to the Meiss Family Cabin
a Pioneering Family's Summer Residence
The Meiss cabin was built by California pioneer Louis Meiss, who emigrated from Hesse Darmstadt, Germany with his parents in 1842.
The Meiss's moved west to Drytown, California by wagon train.

In 1878 he bought the 1000 acre "Summit Range in Alpine County for summer grazing. This land included the present day Meiss Meadow. Along with their 2 sons and 8 daughters, Louis and Elizabeth built a two-story frame cabin and log barn on the Meiss Meadow site. According to the dates carved in the walls, construction was completed around 1880.

At the turn of the 20th century, Louis' sons Benjamin and Frank began managing the ranch. After Louis' death in 1905, Benjamin, his wife Jennie, and their four daughters continued the family tradition of Summering at Meiss Meadow. One of their daughters, Evelyn Meiss, recalls:

"My father...drove his herd of cattle by horseback, taking five days, through Plymouth, Silver Lake, and Caples our range for the summer... My three sisters and I had many a lovely summer fishing and riding horseback. Once a week some of us would ride our horses to Meyers to pick up our mail. It took us most of the day for the trip. My mother, in the meantime, would either make ice cream to be frozen in the snow bank, or bread and biscuits in the wood stove."

-Evelyn Meiss Richards, June 2001

The Meiss family sold the land and the cabin to the Schneider family in 1936. In 1965, the Forest Service acquired the land through a land exchange for public use.

Meiss Cabin in Meiss Meadow, South end of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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