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 have been on July 16 or 17, 1840, the group was welcomed by the people, mainly Russians, from the Fort. From Fort Ross a pilot was sent out to the ship – and it sailed on to the nearest harbor,
“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 Jose, which was a big town of 500 inhabitants. He worked as a blacksmith in this town all winter.
“Lassen became a pioneer when the idea of building a sawmill began to take place in
“Peter Lassen now had time to look around, and he was impressed with the beauty of the area.”
From “Uncle Peter” pages 56-62
Location. 40° 21.066′ N, 120° 38.389′ W. Marker is in Susanville, California, in Lassen County. Touch for map. Marker is located 5 miles SE of Susanville on Wingfield Road (via Richmond Road) on the Kiosk at the entrance to the Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2550 Wingfield Road, Susanville CA 96130, United States of America.
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); Richmond (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Susanville Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 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
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,689 times since then and 34 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 El Dorado Hills, California.