Peter Lassen opened the Lassen Emigrant Trail in 1848 when he led a 12-wagon emigrant train from Missouri to California. The route, which passed near this place, was extensively traveled during the years 1848-53 by emigrants seeking gold, adventure, . . . — — Map (db m10264) HM
On Scott Road, 2.3 miles south of California Route 70, on the left when traveling south.
"We descended in to the head of a beautiful valley here we found things requisite for camping ... our road led immediately down the valley from camp ... with a good level road all the way." - John C. Thorniley, Aug 16-17, 1852 — — Map (db m148331) HM
American Indians, including the Kammu Tukadu and Wadakhut bands of the Northern Paiute peoples, played a key role in the Euro-American overland migration. Although some of the emigrant trails were new, many mirrored earlier Indian routes . . . — — Map (db m113026) HM
On State Highway 395, on the left when traveling south.
This route was first used in 1852 by emigrants to Northern California seeking to avoid the hardships of the Lassen Trail. It crossed the desert from the Humbolt River in Nevada, passed this point, and proceeded over the mountains to the town of . . . — — Map (db m10269) HM
On Milford Grade Road at Hamlin Drive, on the right when traveling south on Milford Grade Road.
First settled by Robert J. Scott on May 10, 1856, Milford is one of the oldest settlements in the Honey Lake Valley. In 1861 the first important flour mill in northeastern California was built here. In recognition of this, and of a sawmill, the . . . — — Map (db m87776) HM
Near Bridge Creek Springs Road (County Road 112) 1 mile north of Merrill Flat Road.
Nancy Ann Alien was born November 14, 1832, in Gentry County, Missouri. Her parents were Robert and Marian (Crawford) Ready, natives of Kentucky where they were married in 1826. Nancy was the oldest of four children. Her sister Elenor, "Elen", . . . — — Map (db m148180) HM
Near Bridge Creek Springs Road, 1 mile Merrill Flat Road, on the left when traveling north.
Many hundreds of Overland Trail emigrants died while crossing the continent during the great westward expansion of the mid-Nineteenth Century. Most of these emigrants were buried in unmarked graves beside the trails, and have been lost to history. . . . — — Map (db m148181) HM
On Forest Road 32N21, 0.5 miles south of California Route 44, on the left when traveling south.
"Day pleasant. Road has been excellent ... Has led us through beautiful glades and plains ... Tonight we camped at 'Butte Creek' a fine little stream with abundance." Benjamin Franklin Ruggles, Aug 15, 1859 — — Map (db m148737) HM
Near California Route 44, 8.4 miles north of Mooney Road, on the left when traveling north.
"Thence northwest winding westward through some timber into a dry valley, some grass near the west end of the valley ... here we camped some grass wood plenty but no water, having water in our keg." J. D. Randall, Aug 24, 1852 — — Map (db m148185) HM
“Peter Lassen was born on October 31, 1800 in Farum, Denmark. At the time Farum was a small village about 15 miles northwest of Copenhagen. Peter was a son of humble parents. His mother was Johanne Sophie Westergaard and his father was Lars . . . — — Map (db m14179) HM
“In November 1859 – almost half a year after Lassen’s death, another party with Joe Kitts, Antone Storff, and John Tutt, began a new trip back to Black Rock. The men were going to bring the remains of Peter Lassen’s body back to . . . — — Map (db m14233) HM
On Highway 139 (California Route 139 at milepost 10.3), on the left when traveling north.
Named for John "Coyote Jack" Wright who left here in 1869. By 1880, five wagon roads converged here which resulted in various establishments over the years including a stage station, saloon, sawmill, dance hall, logging camp, and agricultural . . . — — Map (db m87820) HM
Lassen County Deputy Sheriff
was killed in the line of duty
March 2, 1995
On that date, Deputies Larry Griffith, Henry Mahan, William Freitas and Wayne Aldridge were on duty on the Madeline Plains and were . . . — — Map (db m87781) HM
On South Lassen Street near Court Street, on the right when traveling south.
Lassen County was officially created on April 1, 1864 and three months later Susanville's founder, Isaac Roop donated this city block for the Lassen County Courthouse.
On January 23, 1888 Holden Dick and Mexican Ben were lynched here, marking the . . . — — Map (db m87779) HM
On North Weatherlow Street near Nevada Street, on the left when traveling north.
Commemorating the centennial of Lassen Lodge No. 149 F.&A.M., March 21, 1961 and in memory of Isaac N. Roop, ardent Free Mason, founder of Susanville, first Governor of the provisional Territory of Nevada, civic leader and friend of Man, and John S. . . . — — Map (db m87783) HM
“When Lassen returned to Sutter’s Fort he was still haunted by memories of the beautiful scenery in the North Valley. He decided to apply for land and settle there. There were no settlements at all in this region, so there would be room enough . . . — — Map (db m14226) HM
“We do not know the exact date on which Peter Lassen arrived in America. Let us suppose that he landed in the early spring of 1831. Most reports say that Lassen arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. Also his passport had Boston written as the . . . — — Map (db m31741) HM
Near North Street, on the right when traveling north.
This meadow, now a city park, was a welcome stopping place on the Noble Emigrant Trail, pioneered by William H. Nobles in 1851 and first used in 1852. Here, emigrants en route to the Northern California mines were able to rest, refresh their stocks, . . . — — Map (db m10268) HM
Near California Route 44, 4.9 miles north of California Route 36 when traveling north.
"10 ms. from the...head (of) Susan Valley you will find an excellent spring 150 yds. south of the road; but little grass here; grass is scarce on this ridge." J. D. Randall, Aug 23, 1852 — — Map (db m148177) HM
Near Bridge Creek Springs Road, 1 mile north of Merrill Flat Road.
"This is a fine valley and has the purest and coldest water a man ever drank ... I think this is the most pleasant camping place we have had, fine pine timbers ... Found the grave of Nancy Allen today." Gorham Gates Kimball, Jun 23, 1865 — — Map (db m148179) HM
On Bridge Creek Springs Road, 2 miles north of California Route 44, on the right when traveling north.
"We have risen to a considerable heighth [sic] today, though our road has been up and down. We are now crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains by 'Nobles Pass' said to be the easiest pass of three" Benjamin Franklin Ruggles, Aug 13, 1859 — — Map (db m148178) HM
On Eagle Lake Road, 0.2 miles north of California Route 36, on the right when traveling north.
"We commenced the ascent directly on leaving the city...The greater portion of the company took the road to Marysville while the remaining portion & ourselves included have taken the Red Bluff Road." Mary C. Fish, Sep 12, 1860 — — Map (db m148037) HM
On North Weatherlow Street near Nevada Street, on the right when traveling north.
"This is a village of about 20 houses nearly all of which were built this summer. (It) is situated at the head of the valley... there is a hotel, store, blacksmith shop and... a saw-mill not far away." - Allen J. Tyrrell, Sep 8, 1860 . . . — — Map (db m87785) HM
On South Gay Street at Main Street (Route 36), on the left when traveling south on South Gay Street.
William Vellenoweth, better known to a generation of Susanville youngsters as Dad Popcorn, had his colorful stand at this location from 1918 to 1931.
This building, constructed in 1901 as the Oakes & Philbrook Furniture Store, also housed the . . . — — Map (db m112617) HM
“In Camponit Peter Lassen and his party had been waiting for the winter to be over. Instead of crossing the mountain ranges on their way south, he and six other persons decided to go by ship from Fort Vancouver. A small steamship, . . . — — Map (db m31740) HM
On Main Street near South Gay Street, on the left when traveling west.
A saloon has been on this site since 1862. Originally known as the Humboldt Exchange, in 1863 the name was changed to the Pioneer. This bar is the oldest established business in northeastern California. — — Map (db m87810) HM
Near Wingfield Road near Florence Lane, on the left when traveling south. Reported missing.
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 . . . — — Map (db m87808) HM
Near North Weatherlow Street, on the right when traveling north.
Built in July 1854 by Isaac N. Roop. First called Roop's House, and used as stopping place by emigrant trains. It was the locale of the "sagebrush war" fought in 1863 between Plumas County and Lassen County citizens. — — Map (db m10266) HM
On Main St (California Route 36), on the left when traveling east.
Constructed and dedicated to honor
the Veterans of World War I
and all future Veterans who have served the
United States of America and Lassen County,
Constructed February through August of 1926 and
Dedicated on August 17, 1926
The . . . — — Map (db m113271) HM WM
On Main Street near South Gay Street, on the left when traveling west.
Established in 1909, the Grand was first operated by Kwan Wong. In 1912, the Grand moved to this location and in 1921 Sam Vucanovich and Steve Sargent became the new owners. The original building collapsed in 1934 from construction next door and the . . . — — Map (db m87817) HM
On Birch Street south of 4th Street, on the left when traveling south.
The first boardinghouses were built by Red River Logging in 1915 near the mill in Pine Town. The consisted of wood floors and canvas tents. Nine 2 story units built on Birch Street housed 80 men each while two units south of Birch Street housed . . . — — Map (db m56715) HM
This building was part of the rail station from 1911-1958 of the Southern Pacific Line and was built by the Red River Lumber Company owned by the Walker Family. The Western Union and freight offices were a gathering place for local people. Leaving . . . — — Map (db m56713) HM
Through this draw passed many covered wagons and gold seekers enroute to California over the Lassen Trail during 1848-1851. Approaching this location from the north, the trail passed what is now Bogard Ranger Station. Proceeding southward to Big . . . — — Map (db m22027) HM
On 3rd Street (County Highway A21) east of Birch Street, on the right when traveling east.
Paul Bunyan has been the hero of lumberjack whopper tales that were handed down for generations in the camps of White Pine lumbermen in the north eastern forests of America. In 1913 the Walker family who owned the Red River Mill in Minnesota, moved . . . — — Map (db m56687) HM
On Ash Street (County Highway A21) south of 4th Street, on the right when traveling south.
Built in 1917 by the Red River Lumber Co. as a bakery, it supplied 3 stores and the company cookhouse. It was famed for its biscuits (as in biscuits & gravy) that gave the loggers the fuel needed to build Westwood out of virgin timber. It has also . . . — — Map (db m56712) HM
On California Route 36 at milepost 6.9, on the right when traveling east.
Built in late 1920’s as a Chevron Service Station, it was purchased in 1935 by the Tunisons who added the bar & restaurant with the fireplace. In Dec., 1942 bartender Ray Bollengier was shot and killed by an angry patron. The building burned in 1960 . . . — — Map (db m66081) HM
On Birch Street near 4th Street, on the left when traveling north.
Built in 1914 by the Red River Lumber Co. as a mens club. The club had a pool room, card room, cafe, tobacco shop and a bar. It burned in 1944 and was rebuilt in 1945. Bought by George & Vera Young in 1957 & was turned into a market. Their son Mike . . . — — Map (db m66083) HM
On 3rd Street (County Route A21) at Birch Street, on the left when traveling east on 3rd Street.
Built in 1913, this building has been the home of the Westwood Fire Department since its beginning. O.L. Lunt was the 1st Chief until 1918. Maurice Hertzig was appointed Chief in 1946 and served for 32 years, he was the last official chief. Once the . . . — — Map (db m56708) HM
On 4th Street near Cedar Street, on the left when traveling west.
This building was built in 1925 by George Peltier and was funded by The Red River Logging Company. The building housed the Free and Accepted Masons and was known as Westwood Lodge #502 F.&A.M. It has been a gathering place of friends and families . . . — — Map (db m66082) HM