Historic mystery buildings, just east of Jackson, CA on Hwy. 88 – what were they?

Old brick house on the east, what seems to once have been an old boarding house on west, with barn behind. What were they?

We just spent five days in the south and west Lake Tahoe area. Going up, and coming back, we usually take Hwy. 88 to the beautiful Hope Valley, then Highway 89 to Hwy. 50 and into South Lake Tahoe.

We’ve done this route multiple times over the years – and every time I pass the buildings pictured, I wonder what they are or were. On the west, hidden in trees is what looks like an old boarding house, a few feet further east is a small, old brick home, and in the back is what looks to be an old barn. All three look like they haven’t served any purpose for many years. They are located about a mile and a half east of the turnoff to the Jackson Rancheria Casino, and about 3/4 mile west of W. Clinton Road.

Closeup of the old house.

Do any of you Hwy. 88 buffs know the backstory to these buildings? Are you the sleuth who can solve this mystery?

Watch my blog in about 10 days, and the Record newspaper, for a story about our exploration of Southwest Lake Tahoe (and an answer to this riddle, if I find it!).

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An old boarding house, perhaps, on the west side of the complex?

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