“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Shingletown in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Hot Rock

Hot Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
1. Hot Rock Marker
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B.F. Loomis reported that the rock in this photo was “still sizzling in the water” some forty hours after it was ejected from the volcano’s crater.

The destructive forces that moved this cabin-size rock destroyed a three-square-mile swath, now called the Devastated Area. Visit the Devastated Area Trail two miles south of here.
Inscription. Following the May 1915 Lassen Peak eruptions, B.F. Loomis and other local residents discovered several massive hot rocks resting in the valley miles from the volcano. This hot rock is a piece of dacite lava that filled Lassen Peak’s crater. On May 14, 1915, lava began welling up and plugged the volcano’s crater. Pent-up gases within the volcano blasted and shattered the lava cap on May 19.

Careening down the mountainside, hot lava rocks touched off a snow avalanche. The avalanche carried this 300-ton rock five miles from Lassen Peak to this location, where it settled, sizzled, and cooled.
Erected by Lassen Volcanic National Park, Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Location. 40° 31.07′ N, 121° 28.087′ W. Marker is near Shingletown, California, in Shasta County. Marker is on Lassen Peak Highway (California Route 89), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is in Lassen Volcanic National Park and is Auto Tour Stop #12. Marker is in this post office area: Shingletown CA 96088, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devastated Area (approx. ¼ mile away); Pluck and Carry (approx. 4.1 miles away);
The Hot Rock and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
2. The Hot Rock and Marker
Mt. Lassen/The Noble Pass/The Park Highway (approx. 4.4 miles away); Nobles' Emigrant Trail (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bumpass’s Hell (approx. 4.4 miles away); Loomis Legacy (approx. 5.1 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cinder Cone Volcano and the Fantastic Lava Beds (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shingletown.
Also see . . .  Eruptions of Lassen Peak, California, 1914 to 1917 - USGS. On May 22, 1915, an explosive eruption at Lassen Peak, California, the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range, devastated nearby areas and rained volcanic ash as far away as 200 miles to the east. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Disasters
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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