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Near Shingletown in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Loomis Legacy

 
 
Loomis Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2012
1. Loomis Legacy Marker
[Photo Captions; bottom left, bottom center, bottom right]
Estella Loomis
Retaining the right to live on the museum premises, the Loomises built a home and art shop here (the current ranger station behind you). They spent their summers selling photographs, assisting visitors, and enjoying the park. Mr. Loomis died in 1935 and Mrs. Loomis in 1953.

In 1929 Mr. and Mrs Loomis gave the museum to the park to serve as its primary visitor center. Still open to the public today, the building stands a monument to the Loomises’ scientific and educational contributions.

The Loomises built a small seismographic station that is still operated by the National Park Service for educational demonstrations. Today nine seismometers within the park transmit seismic activity to U.S. Geological Survey geologists who monitor the park’s ever-present volcanic rumblings.
Inscription. The enthusiasm, talent, and dedication of Benjamin F. Loomis helped bring a national park into existence. His legacy started with the photographs he took, which today still spark understanding and awe of Lassen Peak’s historic eruptive events. In 1926 he published the Pictorial History of the Lassen Volcano, to “give the sightseer a clearer idea of what has occurred.” And in 1927, in memory of their daughter, he and his wife Estella built the Mae Loomis Memorial Museum and Seismographic Station (the two buildings standing here) to showcase Benjamin’s photographic records and monitor ongoing volcanic activity.

In 1914...I climbed to the top of Lassen Peak six times...taking pictures...I realized that if the mountain should blow off while I was looking into...the crater, I would not be here to tell the tale. But for all that I never experienced the feeling of fear. For I was there to take pictures, and the pictures were the principal object of my thought.
B.F. Loomis
 
Erected by Lassen Volcanic National Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 32.177′ N, 121° 33.774′ W. Marker is near Shingletown, California, in Shasta County. Marker can be reached from Lassen Peak Highway
Loomis Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
2. Loomis Legacy Marker
The Loomis Museum is in the background.
(California Route 89). Touch for map. This marker is located in Lassen Volcanic National Park near the Manzanita Lake Visitors Center - Loomis Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Shingletown CA 96088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance of this marker); People of the Land (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Crossroads Gateway (approx. one mile away); Nobles Trail – Third Nobles Pass (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mt. Lassen/The Noble Pass/The Park Highway (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nobles' Emigrant Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); Hot Rock (approx. 5.1 miles away); Devastated Area (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shingletown.
 
Also see . . .  Bemjamine F. Loomis - Remember When, Anderson Valley Post. B.F. Loomis was a famous photographer. Many of his pictures of the eruptions of Mt. Lassen are in our files at the Anderson Historical Society and Museum. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Loomis Museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
3. Loomis Museum
Plaque to Stephen Tyng Mather, founder of the National Parks Service, image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
4. Plaque to Stephen Tyng Mather, founder of the National Parks Service,
Mounted on the front of the Loomis Museum.
Memorial Dedication Plaque to Mae Loomis image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2012
5. Memorial Dedication Plaque to Mae Loomis
In memory of our beloved daughter Mae Loomis June 16, 1899 Jan. 13, 1920
Seismographic Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
6. Seismographic Station
Seismograph image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
7. Seismograph
The Loomises' Former Summer Residence, now a Rangers Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2012
8. The Loomises' Former Summer Residence, now a Rangers Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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