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Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lassenís Bosquejo Rancho

 
 
Lassenís Bosquejo Rancho Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
1. Lassenís Bosquejo Rancho Marker
Inscription. “When Lassen returned to Sutterís Fort he was still haunted by memories of the beautiful scenery in the North Valley. He decided to apply for land and settle there. There were no settlements at all in this region, so there would be room enough for Peter Lassen. Soon after Lassen sent his application for a grant to the Governor of California, General Manuel Micheltorena. The application was filed on October 11, 1843. Peter Lassen applied for: ĎA vacant place on the River Sacramento, which is called Bosquejo.í

“Lassen knew that it would take time before he could expect an answer – so in the meanwhile, he would try to apply for naturalization again. He knew this would be a must. The Mexicans had decided that if a man should become a grantee, he should be a Mexican citizen. One year went by, and then on July 25, 1844, his citizenship was stated in Monterey, which at that time was the capital of California. The certificate confirmed that: ĎÖPedro Lassen, a native of Denmark, having complied with the conditions and requirements prescribed by law for the granting of naturalization letters to foreigners, I have concluded hereby to naturalize the said Don Pedro Lassen by virtue of the powers conferred on me by said law.í It was signed by Micheltorina. Lassen got his citizenship exactly four years after his arrival
Peter Lassen Information Kiosk at Entrance to Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
2. Peter Lassen Information Kiosk at Entrance to Cemetery
in California. Five months later, on December 26, 1844, Lassenís grant was approved by the Mexican Government.

“Lassen got 5 square leagues of land, which is approximately 22,000 acres. Soon after, Peter Lassen started out from Cosumnes River with his cattle, horses and mules. His destination was: Bosquejo, at the Sacramento River. Lassen and his housekeeper, the Dutchman, Sargent, knew that they had to be patient and take their time. When they reached Cordua, now Marysville, the river had become flooded, and they had to wait at least a month before, in February 1845, they were able to continue. Soon after they reached what became Peter Lassenís new home. Lassenís housekeeper soon learned that this “nowhere” was not what he wanted, and he disappeared. Lassen was now the only white man here – living alone among the Indian tribes – only having his herd of cattles, horses and mules around. To be all alone in the beautiful nature, must have made him happy.

“People who knew Lassen later told that it was his idea to build a town at this spot. Lassenís property had many names, Lassen Grant, Lassenís Ranch or the Spanish form, Lassen Rancho are the most common names. It was also called Deer Creek Ranch – but Lassen, obviously in honor of his new naturalization in a Mexican vassal state gave it a Spanish name: Bosquejo Rancho.
Close up of Drawing on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
3. Close up of Drawing on Marker
Peter Lassen's Ranch, Bosquejo Rancho, from 1850
Bosquejo means wooded land – so today we can visualize how the place was looking.”
from “Uncle Peter” pages 62-63
 
Location. 40° 21.066′ N, 120° 38.389′ W. Marker is in Susanville, California, in Lassen County. Click for map. Marker is located 5 miles SE of Susanville on Ringfield Road (via Richmond Road) on the Kiosk at the entrance to the Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2550 Wingfield Road, Susanville CA 96130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Migration of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Peter Lassen In California (here, next to this marker); Burial of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Birth of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Peter Lassen Grave (a few steps from this marker); Richmond (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Susanville Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lassen County Courthouse (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Susanville.
 
More about this marker. This is the fourth in a series of six markers. These should be reviewed in the following order:
1. Birth of Peter Lassen
2. Migration of Peter Lassen
3. Peter Lassen In California
4. Lassenís
Close Up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
4. Close Up of Map on Marker
Mexican Land Grants
Mexican Land Grant Map showing the location of Peter Lassen's 22,000-acre Rancho Bosquejo granted on December 26, 1844
- from "Uncle Peter" page 65
Bosquejo Rancho

5. Peter Lassen Grave
6. Burial of Peter Lassen
 
Also see . . .  Peter Lassenís Bosquejo Ranchero. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,707 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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