Thursday, February 28, 2008

Peter Lassen


Susanville, CA is the county seat of Lassen County. Emigrant trails leading west to the gold fields were established in this area in the 1850's. Going through Donner's Pass was very difficult, and the journey through the Honey Lake Valley was easier. The emigrant trails took pioneers to Shasta City on the northern top of the Sacramento Valley.
The first residents of Lassen County tried unsuccessfully to declare themselves a separate Republic. The US Government didn't allow that. To read more about the beginning of Lassen County, visit the Lassen County Historian's site:
This photo is the monument to Peter Lassen. He was one of the first settlers in the Honey Lake Valley/Susanville area. More information about his life can be found by clicking on the above link. He was a pretty interesting man.

7 comments:

Jim said...

Interesting history.

Southern Heart said...

What an interesting post...and it's a beautiful monument, too.

b.c. said...

oh nice post, i like reading historical bits about places and people, thanks!

brian said...

nice photo and story... i love learning the history of old towns and such...

Annie said...

I have a friend who will want to live there when I tell her it is the "land of the never sweats". Once I asked her if she'd like to join me at the gum and she asked, "Do you sweat there? I hate to sweat." I've laughed about that for years now.

Jana said...

Annie, that is funny. This year our city is having a slogan contest. They want to get rid of the Never Sweats slogan and have something more modern.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

He was more than interesting, he was a Freemason, The masonic emblem is on the monument.
George Washington was also a freemason