Near Shingletown in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Kendall Vanhook Bumpass
Our guide [Mr. K.V. Bumpass,] after cautioning us to be careful where we stepped, that the surface was treacherous, suddenly concluded with Virgil that the “descent to Hell was easy” for stepping upon a slight inequality in the ground he broke through the crust and plunged his leg into the boiling mud beneath, which clinging to his limb burned him severely. If our guide had been a profane man I think he would have cursed a little; as it was, I think his silence was owing to his inability to do the subject justice....”
Editor, Red Bluff Independent, 1865
In 1862 mountaineer and explorer Kendell Vanhook Bumpass first saw this steaming, hissing, thumping hydrothermal area, which now bears his name. He and his partner, Major Pierson B. Reading filed claim to these boiling springs with the intention of mining the minerals and developing it as a tourist attraction. Perhaps those dreams were dashed when Bumpass stepped into a boiling mud pool at nearly 240įF (115įC). Regardless, Bumpass lost his leg by this unfortunate accident and his dreams of fortune here never materialized.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 40° 27.599′ N, 121° 30.288′ W. Marker is near Shingletown, California, in Shasta County. Marker can be reached from Lassen Peak Highway (California Route 89). The Bumpass Hell marker is located at the Bumpass Hell overlook which is approximately 1 1/4 miles by trail from the Bumpass Hell parking lot. From the overlook is is approximately 1/4 further to Bumpass Hell itself. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shingletown CA 96088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pluck and Carry (approx. half a mile away); A Scenic Boulevard (approx. one mile away); Cinder Cone Volcano and the Fantastic Lava Beds (approx. 1.8 miles away); A Night to Remember / Three Days Later (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hot Rock (approx. 4.4 miles away); Loomis Legacy (approx. 6.1 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 6.1 miles away); Mt. Lassen/The Noble Pass/The Park Highway (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shingletown.
More about this marker. "...a small hydrothermal outcrop within a mile of the road leading through Mount Lassen National Park in northern California. This site was discovered by Mr. Kendall Bumpass, a cowboy who worked near Mount Lassen in the 1860s. He was showing his discovery to a newspaper reporter when his foot broke through the crust over one of the boiling mud pots. His leg was burned so badly it had to be amputated, and his name will live on in the name of the site: Bumpass Hell." - Dave Deamer
Regarding Bumpassís Hell. A warning included on the marker:
Caution: Donít let this infernal wonderland become your hell.
But donít let Bumpassís accident discourage you from venturing
Lassen Volcanic National Park
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Also see . . . Hiking Bumpass Hell Trail - Lassen Volcanic National Park. Bumpass Hell is the largest concentration of hydrothermal features in the park. Bumpass Hell was named after an early settler who severly burned a leg after falling into a boiling pool. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 6, 2020, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.