Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Migration of Peter Lassen
“In Boston, Lassen got his first impression of his newly adopted country, America. He must of felt confused by hearing all the different tongues: English, Italian, German, Spanish, French and many more. Lassen soon learned that if he wanted to make progress here, he would have to learn the most important and used language: English.
“In Boston, Lassen worked as a blacksmith. He may have not liked the big city with its crowd of people of different nationalities, because he only stayed there a couple of months. We do not know why Lassen left Boston. Boston only became one of the many stop-overs on his way, trying to find the luck.
“It was after his arrival to America that he changed his name from Larsen to Lassen. It is still unknown why he did so – but he might have found that Lassen was easier to pronounce and that it sounded better in the American language.
“Little is known of Lassen during the years 1831 – 1840, when he was
“His next stop was Missouri. Lassen settled in a small town which was quite new. Its name was Keytesville, and it was located in Charlton County. Lassen must have stayed here for about 7 or 8 years. Again, Peter Lassen found himself in a small community, working as a blacksmith. Peter Lassen became a member of the Masonic Lodge: Warren Lodge No.74, Keytesville. He liked the idea of brotherhood, and was later working hard to start new lodges.
“It was in Missouri that Peter Lassen for the first time met with a certain Mr. Johan August Sutter. Lassen should later, when arriving in California, receive Sutter’s help. Sutter left Missouri in 1838.
“Lassen sold his land and headed west again. Some other people wanted to follow him, and his party counted 11 men and 2 women. The party started from Keytesville in the spring of 1839. The trip was a success, but when the group got to Fort Hall, north of Salt Lake, the
“They went by boat down the river till they came to Fort. Vancouver. Fort Vancouver was located where Columbia River and Willamette River meet, a little north of where Portland is placed today. From here the party was heading south, following Willamette River, until they came to a small town, Camponit – which now is Oregon City. Another party coming from California, told that it had begun snowing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains – it would be quite impossible to cross over the mountain range.
“Peter Lassen and his companions decided to stay in Camponit for the winter. He was now waiting impatiently for the winter to be over so he could reach his goal: California.”.”
From “Uncle Peter” pages 52-54
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. Peter Lassen In California (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 second 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 1,560 times since then and 21 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.