Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Peter Lassen In California
“On the voyage, Peter Lassen had persuaded the captain, Josiah Spaulding, to land at Fort Ross, which was located on the Pacific coast about 75 miles north of Yerba Buena – near Bodega Bay. When Lassen arrived, Fort Ross had about 300 inhabitants. Landing at Fort Ross was done because the traveling companions wanted to make a short cut to the Sacramento Valley, where they planned to stay at Sutter’s Ranch, now Sacramento. Lassen thought that Sutter’s Ranch would make a good starting point for himself.
“When the Lausanne arrived in Fort Ross – it must
“A few days later, General Vallejo gave permission to the five men, that they could stay in California. In the middle of August, the five companions arrived at Sutter’s Ranch. This man was an absolute contrast to Peter Lassen; he was genteel, and felt that he was “better” than other people. No wonder that the common Peter Lassen would not stay too long at Sutter’s Ranch. Only two weeks after their arrival, Lassen and one of his companions, William Wiggins, broke away from Sutter’s Ranch heading south. They had a stop-over in Yerba Buena, where Wiggins noticed that the town only had six houses. These houses were the beginning of San Francisco. The two men went on to San
“Lassen became a pioneer when the idea of building a sawmill began to take place in his head. Now Peter Lassen was the supervisor and constructor of his own mill, which became the first working sawmill in California. Lassen wanted to move on and sold the mill in Santa Cruz and returned to the new Fort built by Sutter. In the spring of 1843, while Peter Lassen was still working for Sutter, some cattle were stolen by a party of immigrants. So, Peter Lassen and some other men, among these John Bidwell, started a trip up the Sacramento River – following a route where very few white people had passed before. No map showing the region was available, so Lassen and Bidwell drew a map. They also gave names to places they were passing on their way. They traveled for several days, when they found the part of immigrants with the stolen animals, near where Red Bluff is located today.
“Peter Lassen now had time to look around, and he was impressed with the beauty of the area.”
From “Uncle Peter” pages 56-62
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1847.
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 Wingfield 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); Burial of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Lassen’s Bosquejo Rancho (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 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 third 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 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,991 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2010, by Jana Stanley of Susanville, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.