A Look Back with William W. Bliss
Born in Oakland, California in 1924, William W. “Bill” Bliss assumed the ownership and management of the Glenbrook Inn in 1960 and operated it every summer henceforth until his decision to permanently close its doors in 1976. The story of the Bliss family at Glenbrook is a compelling one and has continued to generate significant interest. When I was first approached by Glenbrook residents Diane Oliver Felchlin and her husband Jim about meeting Bill to gauge his interest in this project, I knew very little about Glenbrook nor of the long and deep
The Bliss family occupies a central part of the historical fabric of the Nevada Comstock Lode and that of early Lake Tahoe. As the last family member to actively manage the Glenbrook Inn and the family interests in the Tahoe Basin, this document provides an open, candid and honest view from the inside of what that experience entailed.
To make all this possible, Bill graciously offered to sit down with me for multiple hours of conversation at his lovely home in Glenbrook. Our sessions together often included looking through photos and assorted documents from his personal archives and this commentary is integrated throughout the dialogue. We also corroborated certain references to events and perspectives by referring to the 1992 book which he took part in writing with Sessions S. “Buck” Wheeler titled, Tahoe Heritage: The Bliss Family of Glenbrook, Nevada.
The resulting personal accounts and anecdotal recollections of Bill’s family and life at Glenbrook found here provide a singular insight and perspective that only someone in his unique position could offer.