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Near Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Richmond

 
 
Richmond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2015
1. Richmond Marker
Inscription. Due to "Gold Fever" and named for Richmond, Virginia by Orlando Streshly in 1859, the town of Richmond grew rapidly until 1861 - becoming the most important and populous settlement in the county "... overshadowing Susanville." Sporting hotels, a tavern and bowling alley, black smith and wagon shops, a large warehouse and the local masonic lodge, the town celebrated with dances whenever possible. Schools were built, goods and services sold, many "dwelling houses" constructed, and one hotel was "the largest structure in the Honey Lake Valley" as the town thrived. In 1861 the mines gave out. By 1862 commerce ceased, the miners left and Richmond died. All that remain are the remnants of a school and water works. Now Emerson Lake Golf Course stands where "Richmond rose like a rocket and fell like a stick."
California Registered Point of Historic Interest No. LAS-003
 
Erected 1986 by E Clampus Vitus, Never Sweats Chapter #1863. (Marker Number LAS-003.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 21.879′ N, 120° 38.373′ W. Marker was near Susanville, California, in Lassen County. Marker
The old Emerson Lake Golf Course Clubhouse, former site of the Richmond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2015
2. The old Emerson Lake Golf Course Clubhouse, former site of the Richmond Marker
could be reached from Wingfield Road near Florence Lane, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 470-835 Wingfield, Susanville CA 96130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Migration of Peter Lassen (approx. 0.9 miles away); Peter Lassen In California (approx. 0.9 miles away); Burial of Peter Lassen (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lassenís Bosquejo Rancho (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birth of Peter Lassen (approx. 0.9 miles away); Peter Lassen Grave (approx. 0.9 miles away); Susanville Railroad Depot (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lassen County Courthouse (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Susanville.
 
More about this marker. The Richmond marker is missing, having been removed several years ago. It was located beside the old Emerson Lake Golf Course Clubhouse. It is now in storage at the Lassen County Historical Society Museum. Current plans are to re-erect it at the intersection of Richmond and Gold Run roads.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Town of Lassen County. This is first town established in Lassen County because of the discovery of gold at Diamond Mountain in 1856. In 1859, Frank Drake built a log building for a hotel and store. He named it after his hometown in Richmond, Virginia. (Submitted on August 28, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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