Near Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Birth of Peter Lassen
“As it will be seen, Peter’s family name was not Lassen. His father was called Lars Nielson – and it was in honor of him that Peter was called Peter Larson. Larson means son of Lars. At that time it was quite common among Danish farmers that the children had their family name in honor of their father’s first name. This is called patronynicon – and this alteration of family names from generation to generation makes Danish genealogical studies almost impossible. Anyway, Peter was the son of Lars and therefore he was called Peter Larson.
“While living in Denmark he spelled his name in different ways. In the beginning he was just Peter Larson. Later on, he spelled his name Peter Larssen. At other times he called himself Peter Larson Farum. In the passport records
“That Lassen himself preferred to be called Peter Larsen Farum, when he was living in Copenhagen, must have been meant as a help for the authorities. Peter Larson was a common name in Copenhagen in these years – and it is obvious that Lassen would not like to be confused with another person.
“In America Peter Larson changed his name one more time. From then on he was Peter Lassen…”
From “Uncle Peter,” page 10
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is October 31, 1800.
Location. 40° 21.066′ N, 120° 38.389′ W. Marker is near Susanville, California, in Lassen County. Marker is located 5 miles SE of Susanville on Ringfield Road (via Richmond Road) on the Kiosk at the entrance to the Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2550 Wingfield Road, Susanville CA 96130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lassen’s Bosquejo Rancho (here, next to this marker); Burial of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Peter Lassen In California (here, next to this marker); Migration of Peter LassenPeter Lassen Grave (a few steps from this marker); Susanville Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Susanville Veterans Memorial Building (approx. 4.6 miles away); Lassen County Courthouse (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Susanville.
More about this marker. This is the first 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. Lassen’s Bosquejo Ranchero
5. Peter Lassen Grave
6. Burial of Peter Lassen
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,923 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.