Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Lassen’s Bosquejo Rancho
“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: ‘…Pedro 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
“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 Lassen’s new home. Lassen’s 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. Lassen’s property had many names, Lassen Grant, Lassen’s Ranch or the Spanish form, Lassen Rancho
from “Uncle Peter” pages 62-63
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1845.
Location. 40° 21.066′ N, 120° 38.389′ W. Marker is in 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. 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); Susanville Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Susanville Veterans Memorial BuildingLassen 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 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. Lassen’s Bosquejo Rancho
5. Peter Lassen Grave
6. Burial of Peter Lassen
Also see . . . Peter Lassen’s Bosquejo Ranchero. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,901 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.