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Lassen County is an outdoor person’s paradise, where the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the picturesque Cascade Range, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin desert converge to create a relatively unspoiled wonderland. Because of the unique terrain, there’s something here for everyone. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce is happy to supply you with specific information about our area. You can

reach the chamber by calling (530) 257-4323. You can water ski or fish for the worldrenowned trout at Eagle Lake surrounded by mountains and forests of standing pine, or you can ride horses and off-road vehicles on beautiful expanses of high desert. You can camp in high lake areas with streams or hike to the top of neighboring namesake Lassen Peak, a volcano that still blows steam from its vents. You might even see some real cowboys riding the range. We invite you to have a wonderful time while visiting Lassen County, and ask you to respect its beauty. ❖

Table of contents A Magical Country Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Best of Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Bizz Johnson Marathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 45, 46 Board of Supervisors welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54, 55 Camping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-66 Chamber of Commerce welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34, 35 City Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classic Cars in Susanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Coppervale Ski Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Diamond Mountain Speedway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Doyle Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eagle Lake area map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Eagle Lake celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 23 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21 Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Hiking and Biking Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Historic Uptown Stroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24, 25 Lassen County Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 31 Lassen County history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7

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Lassen County map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lassen County Sesquicentennial Celebration . . .29 Lassen Historical Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Lassen Volcanic National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Lodging Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62, 63 Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Paul Bunyan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pioneer Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Rails To Trails Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Restaurant Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Roop’s Fort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Safe and Sane Halloween . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 South Side Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42, 43 Susanville Bluegrass Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Susanville Indian Rancheria Spring Pow Wow . . 26 Susanville Ranch Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Susanville Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Uptown Mural Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Walker Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Westwood events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Westwood Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Wild Horse & Burro Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Wilderness Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 33


A welcome from the Chamber of Commerce


s the 2014 president of the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, I am proud to welcome you to our community. I have been a long-time resident and business owner in Susanville, and I am committed to preserving the historic integrity of our city while advancing opportunities for growth to businesses throughout the county. It has been an exciting year of change as we’ve seen the addition of many new businesses that have added tremendously to the services we are able to provide residents and visitors alike. Lassen County is truly a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit or call home. More than 60 miles of developed trails provide the perfect environment for hiking, biking, crosscountry skiing or horseback riding. Boating enthusiasts and fisherman will enjoy many rivers and streams as well as

the unmatched beauty of Eagle Lake, home of the world-renowned Eagle Lake Trout. Vast expanses of high desert provide ample opportunities for hunting expeditions and off-road recreation. Our communities are family oriented with numerous organized youth and adult sports leagues and recreation clubs. The Chamber organizes several community wide events each year designed to bring in visitors from outside the area and improve the quality of life for local residents. We are working hard to add to the programs and services offered by the Chamber and to increase the training and education available to local businessmen. We would love to help you with information if you are planning a visit or relocating to our area. Visit us online at or give us a call at (530) 257-4323. ❖

Kathie Garnier 2014 President Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors

Larry Wosick (and sons) 2014 Chairman Lassen County Board of Supervisors


s 2014 chairman of the board of supervisors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Lassen County. This is a special year in our county’s history as we celebrate our 150-year anniversary! Thank you for making us part of your travel plans. Our county is blessed with the natural beauty provided by the northeastern slope of the Sierra. The mountains and the timber regions on the western side of the county are home to three national forests — Lassen, Modoc and Plumas —


all providing many great recreational experiences, one of the finest being the Lassen Volcanic Park. Whether your interest is mountain biking, hiking, camping, four-wheeling, horseback riding or exploring via your ATV or snowmobile, you will find abundant opportunities in Lassen County. More than 60 percent of the county is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service and open for public use. For those who enjoy motorized recreation, there are numerous back roads crisscrossing the county as well as areas designated for OHV and motorcycle use and competition. For those desiring to find the road or trail less traveled, the county has thousands of acres of wilderness and wilderness study areas for hikers and horseback riders. What is fast becoming a premier mountain bike destination is our 1,100acre Susanville Ranch Park. The park’s mountain bike trail system has recently been greatly expanded, and mountain bikers from afar are beginning to enjoy the incredible opportunities the new trails provide. If the scenic beauty of wide-open spaces is more to your liking, then you

have the Great Basin and the high desert plateaus on the eastern side of the county to explore. Visit the BLM field office on Riverside Drive. All the maps you will need are available to discover the many lakes, pioneer wagon routes and scenic high desert vistas that await you. Agriculture is alive and well in Lassen County, and we have a rich and proud history in this industry. Last year, agriculture in Lassen County exceeded $100 million and continues to be the economic lifeblood of our county. Take time to visit the unique shops that offer a wide variety of goods and services. Visit with the locals to better appreciate what is available here. And finally, if you enjoy history, be sure to visit our fabulous museum and historic Roop’s Fort on North Weatherlow Street in Uptown Susanville. Roop’s Fort was the first home of Isaac Roop, the founder of Susanville and the first provisional governor of the Territory of Nevada (1859-1861). The roots of Lassen County run deep, and on behalf of the board of supervisors, welcome, enjoy, come back often, and, most importantly, spread the good word! ❖

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Advertisers index LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . .39 Eagle Lake Rec. Area campgrounds .22 Eagle Lake RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Gold Pan Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . .20 High Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 River Inn Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Rose Quartz Inn/Best Western . . . . . .56 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 REAL ESTATE Axia Home Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Jenkins Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Lassen Land and Homes . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Main Street Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 MBS Property Management . . . . . . . . . .56 Mountain Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . .51 Smith Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Town & Country Real Estate . . .Back Cover

RECREATION Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . .39 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . .40 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . .22 Lassen County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Sierra Theatre & Uptown Cinemas . .23 Susanville Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES Diamond Mountain Bar & Grill . . . . . .40 Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . .39 Happy Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Lassen Ale Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Lumberjacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Paul’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Susanville Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . .9 MEDICAL SERVICES Banner Lassen Medical Center . . . . .12

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Lassen County Public Health . .31,47,57 Northeastern Rural Health Clinic . . . .50 Susanville Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . .42 CHURCHES Assembly of God Church . . . . . . . . . .35 Community Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church . . . . . . . .35 OTHER SERVICES County Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 GL&L Smokehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Lassen Community College . . . . . . . .67 Plumas Sierra Telecommunications . .27 State Farm Insurance Nic Beddoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Bill Muttera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Richard Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Brian Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Westwood Chamber of Commerce . .49

GIFTS, SPECIALTY ITEMS, ETC. Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . .44 Country Pines Quilt Shop . . . . . . . . .10 Finder’s Keepers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 GL&L Smokehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Great Basin Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Margie’s Book Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Mt. Jura Gem & Museum Society . . .18 Sierra Jewelry Company . . . . . . . . . .18 The Elegant Iris & Men’s Den . . . . . .41 Treats Natural Pet Marketplace . . . . .10 Zaengles Carpet One Floor & Home .26

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SITE OF THE SAGE BRUSH WAR — Back in 1863 local residents who believed they lived in Roop County, Nev. found themselves embroiled in a border dispute with men from nearby Plumas County who rode over the hill to collect taxes. Both sides finally decided to let the governors of the two states conduct a survey to properly establish the borderline, and before too long Lassen County came into existence. ❖

Visitor Information Lassen County Chamber of Commerce 75 N. Weatherlow St. P.O. Box 338 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323 (530) 251-2561 FAX Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce 289 Main St. #7 P.O. Box 1198 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2426 (530) 258-2760 FAX email:

Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323

Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 (530) 257-5224 FAX email:

Westwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center 462-885 Third St. P.O. Box 1247 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2456 (530) 256-2456 FAX Lassen Historical Museum 115 N. Weatherlow St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 May to November Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Almanor visitor info Good Vibrations 278 Main St. Chester, CA


Bureau of Land Management 2950 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0456 (530) 257-4831 FAX email: Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 38050 Highway 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480

Lassen National Forest (LNF) 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2151 (530) 252-6428 FAX Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Eagle Lake Ranger District 477-050 Eagle Lake Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4188 (530) 252-5803 FAX Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 email: Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open seven days a week from from May through October. Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Fax (530) 257-0408 email:

LNF Almanor Ranger District 900 East Highway 36 P.O. Box 767 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2141, Fax (530) 258-5194 Monday through Friday all year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours to be determined. Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050


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Lassen County began as a frontier outpost


efore the arrival of the white man, several Native American tribes — including the Mountain Maidu, Paiute, Pitt River and Washoe — called Lassen County home. The indigenous native peoples lived off the land, and their villages, artwork and sacred sites are scattered throughout the county. Following the trails left behind by fur trappers from the Hudson Bay Company in the 1830s, John C. Fremont and his army passed through the area prior to the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846 that led to the short-lived California Republic. After the Mexican-American War, Mexico ceded California to the United States, and it became the 31st state in the union Sept. 9, 1850. The discovery of gold in California in 1849 brought thousands of emigrants to California. Peter Lassen, one of Fremont’s guides and a famous trapper, frontiersman and Indian fighter for whom the county is

named, first came to the area in 1851. That same year, seeking an alternative to the hazardous Donner Pass Trail, William Nobles led wagon trains on the Nobles Emigrant Trail that passed through Susanville and the Honey Lake Valley, crossing the Sierra at a lower elevation. In 1854, Isaac Roop opened a small trading post in what was then known as Rooptown or Roopville, depending upon the source. With the discovery of gold in the area in 1856, some settlers decided to stay for good. Eventually the town was renamed Susanville, in honor of Roop’s daughter, Susan. Led by Roop and Lassen, the area became known as Nataqua, a separate territory in its own right. In 1861, when the Territory of Nevada was established, Roop was named the governor of the new territory. His trading post later became known as Roop’s Fort because it was used during the Sagebrush War, a series of small gun battles

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fought by local residents and deputies from neighboring Plumas County seeking to collect taxes. Roop’s Fort, the oldest building in the county, still stands near the intersection of Main and Weatherlow streets by Memorial Park in Susanville. The locals formed Lassen County in order to keep the tax money local after it was determined the area was actually part of California and not part of Nevada as they had believed. By the 1880s, other area towns such as Herlong, Janesville, Doyle, Standish, Bieber, Hayden Hill and Wendel were founded. The railroads and the timber industry contributed to the county’s development. Susanville had two large mills and the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood was home to the world’s largest electrical sawmill of its day. The city of Susanville was founded in 1854 by Roop and incorporated in 1900. Susanville is located in the northeast corner of

California, midway between Redding and Reno, Nev. With many nearby lakes, streams and open spaces, the Susanville area was voted the Pacific Region’s Best Place to Live for Sportsmen by Outdoor Life Magazine in April 2008. ❖


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Hiking and Biking Trails


et in a picturesque locale of forest, rivers and lakes, Lassen County offers bountiful opportunities for bikers, runners and hikers to explore the wonderful terrain offered throughout this part of Northeastern California. The outdoor-minded will never be bored with hundreds of trails offered for all types of recreation. Wildlife and Mother Nature are the perfect backdrop to any adventure, and Lassen County offers all that and more. Hiking trails are in abundance throughout the Lassen National Forest. Some trails hikers may be interested in are the Pacific Crest Trail, Hole-in-theGround to Black Rock, Heart Lake National Recreation Trail and Spencer Meadows National Trail. For more information on hiking pursuits and even more options, call the Lassen National Forest in Susanville at (530) 257-2151, or any of the forest’s three ranger districts: Eagle Lake District, (530) 257-4188, Almanor Ranger District, (530) 258-2141 and Hat Creek Ranger District, (530) 336-5521. South Side Trail The newly completed South Side Trail, offering 7 miles of beautiful outdoor panoramas, connects with the alreadypopular Bizz Johnson Trail at Hobo Camp in Susanville. Fredonyer Peak Challenge This 20-mile round trip is for advanced riders in excellent physical condition. The Fredonyer Peak challenge is a 2,450-


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foot climb on a maintained dirt road through the forest. In addition to the pine, juniper and mahogany trees, bikers find themselves surrounded by spectacular views of Eagle Lake, the second largest natural lake in California. Atop the mountain, riders will enjoy a full 360 degrees of viewing splendor featuring views of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta and the desert mountains of the western Great Basin. Shaffer Mountain Challenge Also for advanced riders, this ride takes you on an 8-mile climb and gains 2,300 feet in elevation. The 16-mile round trip takes about four to five hours and riders take in the sights of the vastness of the Honey Lake Valley and the drastically different terrain of the Sierra Nevada unfolding along the west. Wildflowers create a blend of colorful magic as riders advance along the trail. Burro Mountain Loop This 19-mile, intermediate-level course featuring moderate hills offers a one-ofa-kind view of the Smoke Creek Desert along the California-Nevada border. Cresting the summit after an 800-foot climb, riders will see the shimmering white expanse of the desert with the Fox Mountain range towering in the background. The first half of the ride is along a rugged two-track road with loose rock. On the second half of the loop riders traverse the rugged Smoke Tree Canyon following a well-groomed dirt road.

Buckhorn Backcountry Byway Winding through 27 miles of high desert country, this trail offers a rich variety of wildlife from birds to wild horses and burros that roam the area. Waterfowl that live on seasonal lakes and birds of prey can be seen cruising for their next meals in the clear summer skies. Some riders prefer to arrange for a vehicle shuttle to avoid having to traverse the road in two directions. This is an intermediate ride with some moderate hills and rocky stretches. Detailed maps for the above rides are available at the Bureau of Land Management office, located at 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville. For information or directions to the bike trails, call the Bureau of Land Management at (530) 257-0456. Multi-use: Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line trailing the Susan River through 26 miles of back and forth water crossings, complete with wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the Sierras, and is an ideal trail in recreational use. Ideal for beginner bike riders and family excursions, both on foot and on wheels, the trailheads provide easy access no matter where you begin. There are excellent fishing opportunities as well in the Susan River and camping is allowed outside of trailheads. â?–

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Classic cars in Susanville


arious local events allow vintage car enthusiasts and owners to showcase or gaze upon some great classic vehicles. Hosted every year are the “Main Street Cruise Classic Car and Motorcycle Show N’ Shine,” 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28 in Historic Uptown Susanville, which lines up classic cars and motorcycles to viewing and judging, and the Susanville Street Rodders, “High Country Cruise,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds which features cars and trucks from before 1975, raffles, food and possibly games for the children. For more information about either of these events, call the Chamber of Commerce at (530) 257-4323. ❖

Classic cars like this 1969 Malibu SS line the streets in Historic Uptown Susanville for the annual Main Street Cruise. Photo by Makenzie Davis

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ptown Susanville is rich with local history from the murals to the Pioneer Saloon. If you’re in the area, walk over to the Pioneer Cemetery — nestled on a hill above the Susan River — the final resting place for many of the county’s founding fathers. Located on Pine and Court streets, the cemetery is located in a beautiful area of Susanville, where it overlooks the town and valley, the mountains creating a barrier on the west side and the historic courthouse almost right across the street. The cemetery was established when Perry Craig drowned in the Susan River in November 1860, but there is no marker for his grave. People will find however, headstones for Isaac Roop, town founder, his daughter, Susan Roop Arnold, after whom Susanville is named, William Weatherlow and Native American veterans Tommy Tucker and Leonard Lowry. Roop was born in 1822 in Maryland and his family moved to Ohio when he was 16. At the age of 18, he married his wife, Nancy, and they had a daughter, Susan, and two sons. Nancy died of typhoid when Susan was just 8 years old. Leaving his children with their grandparents, Roop set out for California in 1850. When he arrived, Roop lived in several different places before settling in the Honey Lake Valley. He plotted the town of Susanville, established a post office and served as postmaster, built a mill, planted

The Pioneer Cemetery, set in Historic Uptown Susanville, is the final resting place for many local historical figures. Photos by Ruth Ellis

orchards and constructed a ditch to bring water to town. He also helped form the Territory of Nevada and was elected the first provincial governor. Roop practiced law in Susanville. He died in 1869 after a short illness at the young age of 47. Susan followed her father to California when she was 21 years old. She married Alexander Arnold and had eight children, five of whom survived to adulthood. After her father died, Susan and her husband ordered a monument for his grave from Marysville, Calif. However, something happened to the monument before it was delivered. A monument was finally erected in 1914 when the Masons and the Native Sons of the Golden West placed a native granite marker in the cemetery. Weatherlow had accompanied Roop to the Honey Lake Valley and helped him build the first cabin in Susanville, which is known as Roop’s Fort. As an early settler, Weatherlow attended most meetings pertaining to organizations and governance of the territory and served on several general committees. He died of pneumonia in Roop’s home in 1864 at the age of 51. Tommy Tucker, a Native American, died in France in 1918, the first Lassen County soldier to die in action in World War I. The Pioneer Cemetery is the burial place of Harry and Gladys The local Burroughs, who served as Lassen County Superior Court judges. American Legion Gladys was reportedly the second woman judge in the state, sworn in only 30 minutes after another woman in Los Angeles in 1936. post is named in Gladys was appointed to the position after her husband died. his honor.

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Lowry was also a Native American who served in the U.S. military, becoming the highest decorated Native American in World War II. Lowry and his brother were the subjects of the book, “Home to Medicine Mountain,” illustrated by Lowry’s daughter, Judith. The book recounts the boys’ return to Lassen County from an Indian boarding school in Riverside, Calif. During the 1930s, it was practice for the government to send Indian children to residential boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their language and forced to forget their traditions. The boys ran away from the school and returned home by riding on top of a freight train. Lowry retired from the U.S. Army in 1967 as a Lt. Colonel. In addition to fighting during World War II, he served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also served at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Lowry was proud of his Native American heritage, but he always said he fought for “all the people in the Honey Lake Valley. This is my home.” When he died, Lowry wanted to be buried next to Tucker, but someone was already buried in the spot he requested. It was believed the grave belonged to a veteran, so an unknown marker was placed there and Lowry was buried on the other side. In 1918, the cemetery was closed, plots were no longer available and the Lassen Cemetery opened on Chestnut Street. Even though the Pioneer Cemetery was deemed closed, interments continued with 99 burials between 1978 and 2001. ❖


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Susanville Ranch Park Photo by Chris Bielecki


usanville Ranch Park is one of Lassen County’s most amazing hidden jewels that showcases the outdoor splendor of our county. Originally eight miles of trails built by the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, the park has recently blossomed into a 22mile expanse of trails. The trail system is the ideal location in Susanville to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, bird watching, jogging, picnicking, horseback riding, photography and more. However, since the park is a day-use park and not a campground, activities such as campfires, firewood cutting, overnight camping, discharging of firearms and operation of motorized vehicles are not permitted. The 1,100-acre, multi-use park is owned and maintained by Lassen County with help from the Lassen Land and Trails Trust. The Trust is a

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conservancy whose primary mission is to conserve significant natural areas and agricultural landscapes, as well as promoting and enhancing a public trail system throughout Lassen County. The 14 miles of trails in the northern portion of the park were built in 2008 for more experienced hikers and bikers. However, with tougher climbs and tougher turns come more spectacular views. Since there are no creeks or streams in the northern section, people with horses or dogs should be prepared to bring their own water. The park has seen some improvements over the years as well, with the most obvious addition being the soccer and softball fields added next to the entrance. Other additions include fallen trees converted to benches along various trails. The park is open year-round, with many of the trails used by cross-country skiers in the winter.

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The trails themselves are the most important feature of the park, offering people a unique glimpse of the wilderness that is such an integral part of Lassen County. One of the most spectacular views in the park is up the steep 3/4-mile Overlook Trail to an old helipad that overlooks the entire park. It is the most rigorous trail in the park, but short and well worth the effort. The Coyote Bluff Trail naturally wanders around Coyote Bluff, through meadows and into a forest of pines and junipers. The Dry Meadow Trail has a very low elevation gain and is perfect for beginning hikers and cyclists or those in the mood for a gentle stroll. Another favorite of many hikers is the slightly more primitive Canyon Trail that follows along Piute Creek and has very scenic views throughout. The easiest way to get to the park is to take Main Street to North Roop Street, which connects to Cherry Terrace. Follow 1.2 miles to Lakewood Way. Turn left into the park entrance. There is plenty of day-use parking for both vehicles and horse trailers. For more information about the park, visit or call (530) 251-8288. â?–



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Safe and Sane Halloween Trick-or-treaters invade Historic Uptown Susanville during this annual celebration


afe and Sane Halloween, sponsored by the Historic Uptown Susanville Association, is a community tradition offering a safe venue for trick-or-treaters and their families each year. Expect ghosts and goblins, fairy princesses and furry creatures to take over Uptown Susanville from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct.31. Uptown businesses along with other community organizations hand out candy. Children can win a prize for the best costume in several age groups and people can even dress up their furry friends for an animal contest.

Main Street in Uptown Susanville is closed to traffic during the event, allowing participants safe passageway in the area, as well as local dancers to perform a variety of dance numbers for people to enjoy. â?–

From left, Hollin Thomas, Lily Ammon and Zoe Robinson show off their costumes during the annual Safe and Sane Halloween.

Brayden Poole is eager to find more treats from local businesses during Safe and Sane Halloween. This year’s event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Photos by Ruth Ellis

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BAKERIES Joanie & Frankie’s Cupcakes 2300 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 249-7699 COFFEE HOUSES Artisan Coffee 464-440 Church St. Janesville, CA (530) 253-3000 Starbucks Coffee 2890 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 251-8460 Starbucks Coffee Inside Safeway 2970 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2029

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PIZZERIAS Buffalo Chips Pizza 322 Birch Street Westwood, CA (530) 256-2412 Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza 1245 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 251-4622 Pizza Factory 2975 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-3458 Pizza Factory 464-420 Church St. Janesville, CA (530) 253-3700 Round Table Pizza 2655 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5353

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A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine

The annual A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine event, sponsored by the Lassen County Cattlemen and CattleWomen, offers attendees beef hors d’oeuvres and various hand-selected wines. Photos by Makenzie Davis


nnually, during the first Friday of February, a crowd gathers at the Susanville Elks Lodge for A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine, which will be in its 27th year. Those who attend enjoy hand-selected premium wines and a wide array of mouth-watering beef hors d’oeuvres presented by Lassen County CattleWomen and Cattlemen. Representatives from local grocery

Dena Hanna, left, Lori McDonald, Betty Peters and Wendy Plainer enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the annual A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine event.

stores pour some of their best selections and the Cattlemen serve wine brought in from Napa Valley. To keep the hors d’oeuvres fresh and exciting, the CattleWomen host a Cow-ABunga contest in November where members compete to create a new beef hors d’oeuvre to be served at the event. Past hors d’oeuvres include marinated steak preserves, raspberry chip beef bites, hamburger artichoke rollups and



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ometimes we need a small piece of green space, or a park, to relax and enjoy the fresh air, stretch our legs or let our children run off some energy. One of the best places to do that is a city park. The city of Susanville offers six parks and each offers something a little different. Memorial Park is located on North Street and has lit tennis courts, a baseball field, picnic area, complete skateboard park, playground equipment and restrooms. The park also has a rose garden, community event stage and even a place to set up a volleyball net. Roop’s Fort Museum, the Community Center and recreation offices also are located on park grounds on Weatherlow Street just below the Uptown area. Next to Roop’s Fort Museum is the Lassen County Historical Society Museum and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce. Riverside Park is on Riverside Street, and has a picnic area, softball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, a playground and equipment as well as restrooms. The fields are lit for evenings. Peggy’s Playground is in Riverside Park. The play equipment is designed for 2- to 5-year-old children, and it looks like a fire engine. It includes a slide, ladders and hanging bars. The toddler play area was built behind the exiting playground in a small earth depression near the picnic tables

Michael Andrade, 8, plays on the equipment at Memorial Park. Photo by Makenzie Davis

and on the Limoneria Street side of the park. Near River Street is the Little League Park called Pat Murphy Field, with baseball fields and restrooms. Susanville Ranch Park is located off Cherry Terrace behind Meadow View Elementary School. CP National Corporation donated the park to Lassen County in 1984. The 1,100-acre park is great for outdoor enthusiasts. The park has lots of room for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. The park is also home to a sports complex that hosts softball and soccer games. Another rustic park even closer to town is Susan River Park, along the Susan River behind Lassen High School. It can be accessed from Riverside Street. It has a trail, benches, a parking lot and handicapped fishing access. Susanville’s newest park is Skyline Park off Highway 139 and Skyline Drive. It provides bike paths, a BMX path, hiking trails as well as benches for relaxing. One trail leads to the top of hill that provides a panoramic view of Susanville. For information about lighting fees or reserving the park for events or large groups, call Susanville Parks and Recreation at (530) 257-1035. ❖ INDIAN VALLEY MUSEUM MT. JURA GEM & MUSEUM SOCIETY


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Eagle Lake Recreation Area Just minutes from Susanville, Eagle Lake is the crown jewel of Lassen County


nly two hours from California’s central valley and its summer heat is one of Northern California’s best kept secrets — the Eagle Lake Recreation Area. The relatively undiscovered area offers beautiful natural landscapes, numerous camping facilities among pine trees, water sports, biking, hiking and most importantly, no crowds. Located within the pristine Lassen National Forest just 15 miles north of Susanville, Eagle Lake is the second largest natural lake in California. Only 120 miles from either Chico or Redding, visitors can

Few could argue sitting on a boat, line in the water, warming up to a spectacular mountain sunrise isn’t one of life’s great pleasures. Photo by Pam Woodworth

easily leave after work on a Friday afternoon and arrive before nightfall or even consider visiting just for the day. Eagle Lake is a cool alternative to the valley heat where you can fish, boat, ski, windsurf, sail, swim and enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Gallatin Beach, near the marina, offers a shallow-water, sandy beach area perfect for the younger crowd. Here they can create sand castles, and play with their

shovels and pails while Mom and Dad set up a family picnic. The lake is fed by intermittent streams and several underwater springs and is in a closed basin with no natural outlets. The result is a high alkaline water that can support only one specially adapted member of the trout family, the Eagle Lake Trout. Experienced fishermen claim the Eagle Lake Trout is the tastiest red-meat fish they ➢


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have ever eaten. With 100 miles of windswept shoreline, there is plenty of room for fishing. Each year 175,000 Eagle Lake Trout are released into the lake by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, assuring a catch for almost everyone. The average fish weighs three pounds, but fourto six-pound fish are common with the occasional lunkers weighing as much as 10 pounds. The marina offers services such as bike rentals, open boat storage, boat rentals, showers, laundry facilities, food service and gasoline. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is primarily underdeveloped, and the natural state of the environment allows for numerous opportunities to view local wildlife, including the bald eagle. The pine forest is home to many wild creatures. Remember, if you plan to hike in the area, carry fresh water, binoculars and apply sunscreen prior to leaving camp. Children will be excited by the games played at the Junior Ranger program. Some of the games include identifying animal tracks, animal charades, drama activities, songs, environmental education and stories to feed children’s thirst for knowledge. In addition to the Junior Ranger

program, other activities include slide shows, campfire programs and nature walks throughout the week. The five campgrounds along the shores of Eagle Lake offer a total of 326 campsites, including multifamily sites and group campsites. The diversity of the campsites allows visitors the opportunity to experience primitive or developed sites with accommodations for RVs, trailers or tents. Reservations can be made for the Eagle, Christie and Merrill campgrounds. The other campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis. Day use sites include two large picnic areas, the marina, a large beach and swimming area and five miles of paved biking and roller blading paths. Plan your summer vacation now by reserving a campsite in one of the campgrounds. Reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1 (877) 444-6777 between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is handicap accessible in most areas. Special paved paths have been constructed for easy access. For more information, call the Eagle Lake Recreation Area at (530) 257-3067. ❖

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Fishing guide and Project Eagle Lake Trout member Tim Noxon passes out 200 kazoos so participants can join him in a very unusual rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem. Photos by Sam Williams

here’s fun for the whole family during the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends thanks to festivities held at the Eagle Lake RV Park in Spalding. The California Inland Fisheries Foundation Project Eagle Lake Trout present family-oriented festivals including a horseshoe tournament, a casting contest, a delicious barbecued lunch, a huge raffle with various prizes such as fishing gear, bottles of wine, a knife sharpening kit, flashlights and a guided fishing trip. There’s also a special raffle held for children ages 3 to 12 featuring a variety of prizes including numerous bicycles, and sports and fishing gear. Every child wins a prize. For those interested in learning how to catch Eagle Lake trout, top guides offer free advice about how to reel in that trophy lunker that will

create a memory to last a lifetime. PELT is a nonprofit organization — supported mostly by volunteers with a connection to Eagle Lake — which is dedicated to improving the Eagle Lake fishery and enhancing safety on its waters. CIFFI is a volunteer-run 501 c3 nonprofit organization registered with the state of California and the federal government, and dedicated to enhancing fisheries within California. Together they work to allow hatcheries to keep Eagle Lake trout spawned at the fish trap on Pine Creek longer so they will be bigger and hardier when they are finally planted in the lake; thus contributing to the total number of trophy trout available to anglers. For more information, call Eagle Lake RV Park & Store at (530) 825-3133. ❖

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Great food and nifty raffle prizes for youngsters — including brand new bicycles for the youngsters — are a feature at the festivals. Photos by Sam Williams

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ithin a small area in Historic Uptown Susanville are many of the original buildings and homes. For a copy of a tour guide, visit the Lassen Historical Museum at 115 N. Weatherlow St., (530) 257-3292 or the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, 75 N. Weatherlow St., (530) 257-4323. Susanville is the second oldest town in the western Great Basin and was established as a trading post in 1854. Lassen County was created in 1864 when Susanville won the special election for county seat by one vote. Since then, Susanville has been a major trading center, and still remains the major commerce center for the region. Here’s a start for a pleasant stroll around Historic Uptown Susanville:

Pancera Plaza The Pancera Plaza is located up the block, on the corner of Main and Gay streets. Take a break and relax; enjoy the plaza developed by the Historic Uptown Susanville Association. Read the personalized bricks placed in the front planters and examine the mural of Dad Popcorn while resting on the benches.

Roop’s Fort Beginning on Weatherlow, just one-half block off Main Street, is Roop’s Fort and the Lassen Historical Museum. Roop’s Fort was built as a trading post by the Roop brothers in 1854, and was the first building in Lassen County. Roop’s Fort was also the site of the Sagebrush War in 1863.

The Old Torrey Drug Building The Old Torrey Drug Building is up the street (on Main Street) and was founded in 1921. It now houses Uptown Uniforms. It was the previous site of the Owl Saloon during the turn of the century, where one could find Shorty Douglas, a gentleman who provided local character, presiding at the bar.

St. Francis Hotel The St. Francis Hotel is the next stop, located on the corner of Main Street and Union. The St. Francis Hotel was built in 1914, and was the former site of the Magnolia Hotel, which in the mid-1800s housed various administrative functions of Lassen County until a courthouse was built.

T.H. Long Building Across Main Street, the T.H. Long Building previously housed numerous livery stables from the earliest days of Susanville until this structure was built in 1914. The building is now the home of Sierra Jewelry.

Pioneer Saloon Across Main Street, the Pioneer Saloon, at this location since 1862, is the oldest business in Northeastern California. Currently the home of Lassen Ale Works, it is the place where Plumas and Lassen county officials licked their wounds and made peace after the Sagebrush War. The Grand Cafe Right next door to the saloon is the Grand Cafe. The cafe was established in 1909 by Kwan Wong, a Chinese man whose cafe specialized in American cuisine. The cafe originally was in the rear of the Pioneer, but later moved next door into the newly constructed “Wee Wee” building in 1912, where it remains today. In October 1921, Sam Vucanovich and Steve Sargent took over the cafe. The Sargent family still owns the cafe today — more than 80 years later. The cafe is now closed and the building is currently slated for renovation. ➢


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Williams Building Next you’ll come to the Williams Building (established in 1907), formerly occupied by the Spalding Drug Company which operated from 1865-1967. Spalding Drug bottled its own patented medicines. Oddfellows Building Across Main Street, the Oddfellows Building was built in 1896 for $4,000 and became the town’s first two-story red brick building. The Silver Star Lodge of the I.O.O.F. is one of Susanville’s older fraternal organizations, having been established in 1879.

Backing up one block to Roop Street, there are many wellmaintained Victorian homes. Wemple House Located at 100 N. Roop St. is the Wemple House, which was built in 1907 for David Knoch and is typical of the homes of the period that remain intact. Maurino Home The Maurino Home, located at 130 N. Roop St. and built in 1909, has been beautifully restored by its present owners.

Del Mar Building One block up Main Street, on the left, is the Del Mar Building, built in 1914 for O.M. Doyle, manager of the Pioneer Saloon; the last brick building built in Uptown Susanville. A mural about cattle ranching in Lassen County now graces the building’s west face.

Masonic Hall The Masonic Hall was built in 1926, and is located on the corner of Lassen and Nevada streets, just one block off Main Street. This building is the last of the major native stone structures built in Susanville. It houses the oldest fraternal organization of Lassen County, the Lassen Lodge F. & A.M. No. 149, established in 1861.

Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge crowns the top of Main Street. It was built in 1884 for Dr. J.G. Leonard’s dental practice and residence and remained in private hands until 1922 when the B.P.O.E. organization acquired it for a lodge.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church The Catholic Church is in an area originally part of Susanville’s Chinatown district of the 1860s. The parish was established in 1912. It is located on the corner of Union and Nevada streets, just up from Roop’s Fort. ❖

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Spring Pow Wow


he Susanville Indian Rancheria’s annual pow wow draws dancers from all over the country. Because it continues to grow every year, it’s now held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. The pow wow is held to honor elders and veterans “for all of the sacrifices they made so that we may live,” according to the pow wow’s website. The pow wow is a family affair where children of all ages join parents, grandparents and great-grandparents in the dancing celebration of Native American culture. This year’s fifth annual pow wow, held May 16 through 18 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, brings together families, drummers and performers from many different traditions from all over the West Coast. Fred Hill, Sr., of Pendleton, Ore., will serve as this year’s master of ceremonies. The Host Drum is Wild Rose, of White Swan, Wash.; Michael Keats, of Yerington, Nev., who serves as the arena director; and from

Toppenish, Wash., Byron Adams and Ida Adams serve as the Head Man and Head Woman. What would a pow wow be without a host of dances? This year’s dance specials include the Men’s Traditional Special, the Woman’s Traditional Special, the Special Jingle, the Fast and Fancy War Dance and others. The event also features a Princess Pageant. For more information about the Princess Pageant, call (530) 3104959. Camping and showers are available at the fairgrounds, and the Diamond This year the Susanville Indian Mountain Casino offers special pow Rancheria’s fourth annual wow rates. Food, arts and crafts Memorial Pow Wow vendors also will participate at the pow wow. will be held May 16, 17 and 18 Remember, the pow wow is a drugat the Lassen County Fairgrounds. and alcohol-free event. Those Admission is free. attending the pow wow should bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, visit or call Amelia Dancers come from all over the country to compete at (530) 249-7192 or Dave Comers at at the Susanville Rancheria’s annual pow wow. File photo (530) 249-8012. ❖


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Lassen Historical Museum


f you’re a history buff, you won’t want to miss the Lassen Historical Museum, located next to Memorial Park at 75 N. Weatherlow St., when you pay a visit to Susanville. The museum provides a wonderful starting point for visitors curious about the area’s past with exhibits that preserve and update more than 160 years of local history with items and relics of great historical interest. Rare photos, Susanville ephemera and case after case of unique items from the archives help sketch out the history of the area from the days of the gold rush forward. Adjacent to the museum is Roop’s Fort, the oldest structure in town, built in 1854 as a trading post and ranch on the emigrant trail. The cabin is also known as Fort Defiance for the singular role it played in the Sagebrush War of 1863. During the three-day conflict Susanville residents fortified themselves in defense against a force from Plumas County. Roop’s Fort looks over Piute Creek and Memorial Park, where

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thousands of emigrants camped in wagon trains on their way to the gold fields in the 1850s and 1860s. It recently updated its extensive collection of historical artifacts and information with stunning new displays. The new additions include an updated train and transportation section, original pen-and-ink trail maps created in 1857 and 1858 by Col. Lander, an updated sports and athletics section reliving the history of athletics in the area and a Gilded Era display which focuses on the suffrage movement. The museum bridges the gap between Lassen County’s past and its future. By accepting donations of a variety of different artifacts from the area’s past, the museum has weaved a tapestry of historical significance that’s a source of pride for the entire community. Run almost exclusively through the hardworking volunteers and board members of the Lassen Historical Society, the new museum building is a reminder and a beacon for visitors. Other nostalgic items from previous centuries include authentic arrowhead collections and Native American art, pieces of Uptown businesses that have long since vanished, authentic weapons, bottles, photos and more from the county’s founding fathers. The Historical Society, which celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2014, takes great pride in restoring and maintaining artifacts of all shapes and sizes, from turn-of-the-century rifles to formerly broken down wagons. The museum has played host to a variety of different events in the past, from R ecAndT presenting an annual $2,000 ((530)) 836-6811 scholarship to a local student, to the Whistlestop lectures describing events of the past to class field trips and projects for many local w students. (800) 555-2207 For more information about the Historical Society, making donations, the museum or planned events on the horizon, call PS . (800) 221-3474 (530) 257-3292. ❖

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Uptown Mural Tour Take a self-guided tour of Historic Uptown Susanville’s many vibrant murals


he uptown murals of Susanville not only beautify the city, but they tell the story of its rich history. Walking around Historic Uptown Susanville’s streets, visitors can see the murals have been an attractive addition to the city for travelers and residents alike. For more information about the murals or to get a copy of the recently published book, “Murals of Lassen County,” call the Lassen County Arts Council at (530) 257-5222. “Old Main Street Susanville” To begin the tour of the murals, start with “Old Main Street Susanville.” The mural is located on South Roop and Cottage streets. It was painted by Sterling Hoffman and Lassen High School students. The painting reflects Susanville’s Main Street in 1918. “Ranching” The second mural, on the wall of the building at South Roop and Main streets, was done by Los Angeles artist Art Mortimer. It is called “Ranching.” The painting, completed in 1992, was made after Mortimer was taken around Lassen County by a local rancher and given a collection of old and contemporary photographs, one of which was of the man who had shown Mortimer the ranching lifestyle. “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County” The third mural on the tour is a painting done in 1993 by Judith Lowry honoring the women of Lassen County. It is called “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County.” It is located on the former Doyle Motors building on Main and North Roop streets and is vibrant with color. “When I was asked to paint a mural for my hometown of Susanville,” Lowry explained, “I noticed that there were several murals devoted to the accomplishments of men — loggers, ranchers and local businessmen. I


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decided to create a mural specifically to honor the women of our area. “This was my first mural. Arthur Mortimer, a visiting L.A. muralist, gave me encouragement and lots of good advice on how to use the grid system to help erect my image onto the wall. However, I had to give up that method since I am more of an intuitive, primitive painter. “In the end, I went out and bought those fat chalks that kids use to draw on the sidewalks, and just climbed up there and drew it all freehand. Then I had to paint on the outlines very quickly before the rain came,” Lowry said. “Our Ancestors, Our Future” The fourth of the murals is on the corner of Main and Lassen streets. The painting is called “Our Ancestors, Our Future,” and was painted by Jean LaMarr and Jack Morotte. It depicts the Native American heritage of this part of the state and the Indians’ unique contribution to the area. Across Main and again on Lassen Street, the first of Ben Barker’s murals, painted with the assistance of his wife, Leanna Lord Barker, in 1989, is a mural showing Lassen County’s founder, Isaac Roop, with his daughter, Susan, for whom Susanville is named. “Logging with Big Wheels” On the Iron Horse Gym, located between Lassen and Gay streets on Cottage Street, the great history of the logging industry in Lassen County is depicted in sepia tones. The mural was painted by Ben Barker and is called “Logging with Big Wheels.” “History of Lassen” Ben Barker’s second mural, painted with the assistance of Kathleen Colvin, Mary Morphis and Eileen Stevens, is called the “History of Lassen.” It is on

the wall inside the Pioneer Saloon located at 724 Main St. In addition, there is a mural spanning one-half the length of the building above the bar displaying brands from near and far. “History of Honey Lake Valley” Another mural is called “History of Honey Lake Valley” and was painted by Jackie Cordova. The painting is on the corner of Main and North Gay streets in the Bank of America parking lot. “Dad Popcorn” Also painted by Barker is a mural called “Dad Popcorn,” on Gay Street in Pancera Plaza. Painted in 1993, it is about a local, William Vellenworth, who sold popcorn between 1918 and 1931 out of his popcorn wagon. Featured in the painting are the Weir children, who lived in Susanville. One of the Weir girls, about 13 years old in the painting, came to watch the mural being painted. She was 86 years old at the time. “Mr. Eastman” The mural, “Mr. Eastman,” is painted on the side of the County Cleaners building. The mural is located halfway between Gay and Union streets on Main Street in the Mt. Lassen Properties parking lot. It depicts the famous photographer who chronicled the early part of the century in Susanville. “Centennial Mural” The last mural on the tour is the largest—located on the south wall of Susanville Supermarket, 50 Grand Ave. Completed in 2003 by local artist Janet Fraser Dickman, it depicts the history of Lassen County, and in particular the city of Susanville. This mural commemorates the town’s centennial from 1900 to 2000. ❖

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Lassen County celebrates it’s Sesquicentennial A little Lassen County history According to “Fairfield’s Pioneer History of Lassen County,” no one knows when the first white man set foot in Lassen County, but in the fall of 1848 Peter Lassen, the county’s namesake, led a small wagon train of emigrants through the western part of the county. The meadow that became Memorial Park provided shade and rest for the emigrants, their horses and their stock, and the creek that flows through the park provided water. Gold was discovered in California in 1849, but gold fever did not hit Lassen County right away. But with the discovery of gold in the Honey Lake Valley in 1856, the gold miners came in droves. According to Fairfield, “ … in those days if a man owned a mine where the gold was ankle deep, he would soon hear of a place where it was knee deep and would leave his mine and go there. Some took up land, but most of them went to mining. They worked on Gold Run, Hill’s Creek, Lassen’s Creek and the gulches in that vicinity.” The glory days were short lived as the gold played out by 1861. Roop arrived on horseback in 1854 and established a trading post near Memorial Park. In a small orchard he built what Fairfield called “a rough, one-story log house” — now known as Roop’s Fort, the oldest remaining building in Lassen County. After the Sagebrush War, Lassen County officially formed April 1, 1864 and a final surveyor’s report was formally accepted by the state of California on April 4.

Photo by Makenzie Davis Supervisor Jim Chapman speaks at a gathering of citizens in front of the historic courthouse.


appy anniversary Lassen County! Lassen County residents held a brief celebration of the county’s 150th anniversary April 1, but residents and visitors alike can recognize the anniversary as other celebrations are planned throughout the year. The annual Third Grade History/Issac Roop Day will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Memorial Park. The event celebrates the anniversary of the first election held in the new county. At 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, the anniversary festivities move to the

Doyle Days


any see the small South County town of Doyle as little more than a gas station and a few buildings standing alongside the road — nothing but a blur as they roar by on Highway 395. But the old, historic part of Doyle

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remains just a stone’s throw from the busy highway, and that nostalgic part of town — from one end to the other — transforms into the site of Doyle Days. Resident Lyn Haynes serves as president of the Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program, a nonprofit organization that brings events to Doyle and uses the proceeds to improve the community. The Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program has worked hard the last few years to return the event to its previous glory, and she said the group believes it’s winning the battle. The event is always a hoot and everyone has a good time. Doyle Days events include fun for the whole family such as cowboy skits and gunfights, a flea market, wagon rides, a pancake breakfast, Indian tacos and a parade sponsored by the Doyle 4-H. Previous years have included an

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historic Lassen County Courthouse for a re-enactment of the first swearing in of county officers. For curious history buffs, the historic courthouse and the old Lassen County Jail next door are more than 100 years old. From 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 10 the Lassen County Board of Supervisors will officially recognize the 150th anniversary at its first meeting in the board’s chambers, located at 707 Nevada St. Then at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, a gala 150th anniversary celebration will be held on the lawn in front of Roop’s Fort on South Weatherlow Street. ❖

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awards ceremony, a lizard egg hunt, tug of war, a scavenger hunt, a horseshoe tournament and a street dance. And you definitely won’t want to miss the world famous Doyle Days Lizard Races! ❖


Come enjoy the

Lassen County Fair

Photo by Maddie Musante


his year’s fair — “County Pride, County Wide” — is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 20. It is the longest-running community event in the county and is sure to offer entertainment for fair-goers of all ages. People can take in the strolling ground acts, jump on a carnival ride, enjoy an icy treat and pet the animals in the livestock barns. Fair is also a great time to catch up on what residents have been up to as people walk through the buildings to see the canning, quilting, floral, artwork and photography. New this year is the Eagles v. Beatles — The Eagles, Life in the Fastlane and the Beatles — Paperback Writer, show on Saturday evening in the Main Grand Stand. The demolition derby and races will be combined into one evening on Sunday. Long-time traditions continue from the Miss Lassen County pageants where girls vie for the top crown and the opportunity to represent the community. At 10 a.m. Saturday, residents line up on Main Street, Susanville, to watch the fair parade featuring local and visiting organizations as well as the grand marshal and old timer of the year. The fair also provides a venue for 4-H and FFA to showcase hard work during the junior livestock show and culminates with the junior livestock auction on Sunday. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit or call (530) 251-8900. ❖


Makayla Comino brushes a cowhide set up during Kiddies Day activities at the Lassen County Fair. Photo by Ruth Ellis

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FESTIVAL JUNE 16-22, 2014

Our Best Lineup Yet! Carnival rides thrill children of all ages at the Lassen County Fair. Photo by Ruth Ellis

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Wilderness Areas


here are several places to go in the Lassen National Forest to enjoy a good hike and see wildlife and nature at its best. For information regarding these pursuits, call the Lassen National Forest headquarters in Susanville at (530) 257-2151, or any one of the forest’s three ranger districts: Eagle Lake District, (530) 257-4188; Almanor Ranger District, (530) 258-2141; and Hat Creek Ranger District, (530) 336-5521. Here are a few places to look for: Pacific Crest Trail This National Scenic Trail, winding through about 120 miles of the forest, runs the gamut from the granite and high mountain lakes of the northern Sierra Nevada to the lava and broken landscape of the southern Cascade Mountains. Parts of this trail are blocked by snow until late in the season, so check with the Forest Service offices listed above for updated conditions. Photos by Chris Bielecki


Hole-in-the-Ground to Black Rock An easy 18 miles, this trail winds its way along Mill Creek from Hole-In-The-Ground campground to Black Rock. The campground is on Mill Creek Campground Road in the Morgan Springs area west of Chester, yet east of Mineral. No problems with snow here, and the fall colors brighten the trail. You might even find a few blackberries along the way. Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line that ran alongside the Susan River. The 26-mile trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the east slope of the Sierra. It is an ideal, multi-use trail. Wilderness areas Wilderness areas are special places where natural forces operate freely. National Forest wilderness areas offer visitors excellent hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in a primitive, completely undeveloped setting. The Forest Service manages these areas to protect their pristine natural values. Motorized vehicles, as well as mountain bikes, are not allowed and management activities, such as trail maintenance, are done by hand. You can help protect the wild character of wilderness by using minimum impact camping techniques. Pack out all trash. If you are riding a horse or using pack animals, pack in their forage and picket them at least 100 feet from lakes, trails, campsites and meadows. Overnight campsites should also be at least 100 feet from all lakes and trails. Leave only your footprints and take only pictures. These two wilderness areas make up about 10 percent of the Lassen National Forest. ➢

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Caribou Wilderness This is a gently rolling, forested plateau dotted with blue lakes edged in pine and fir. Crater peaks and cinder cones, reminders of the area’s volcanic heritage, can be seen throughout the Caribou. Hiking is generally easy, and the summer use period is from mid-June to mid-October. It is adjacent to wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Ishi Wilderness A unique low-elevation wilderness, the Ishi is a land incised by wind and water, dotted with basaltic rock outcroppings, caves and bizarre pillar lava formations. This is up-and-down country, a series of east-west sunburnt ridges framed by rugged river canyons lined with riverine forests. The best hiking time is in the spring and fall as midsummer temperatures often top 100 degrees Farenheit. â?–

Surviving in the wilderness When outfitting survival and first aid kits before heading out on a trek, one needs to consider the length of stay, difficulty of the hike, type of environment, weather and mode of travel. Adequate clothing often makes the difference between successful survival and death. The following items characterize a successful survival kit:

BASICS: 1. Compass 2. Whistle 3. Matches (in waterproof container) 4. Candle (large) 5. Compact fishing kit 6. Signal mirror 7. Fire starter sticks 8. Aluminum foil 9. Water purification tablets 10. Plastic sheeting (approx. 6-feet square) First Aid items: 1. Gauze pads 2. Gauze tape 3. Adhesive strips 4. Adhesive tape roll 5. Antiseptic swabs 6. Antibacterial ointment 7. Aspirin 8. Salt tablets 9. Sewing needle/thread 10. Isopropyl Alcohol

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First Southern Baptist Church

742-580 Mountainview Dr., Herlong, Cornell & Alexander, Susanville, (530) 260-8205 (530) 257-4767,

Calvary Chapel of Susanville

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

450 Richmond Road, Susanville, 1155 North Street, Susanville, (530) 257-4833, (530) 257-6002

Indian Heights Full Gospel Church 750 Parkdale, Susanville

Janesville Christian Fellowship 464-615 Main St., Janesville, (530) 253-3181

Janesville Southern Baptist Church

479-805 Wada St., Susanville, (530) 931-9177,

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 120 N. Union, Susanville, (530) 257-3230

3035 Johnstonville Road East, Susanville, (530) 257-2283,

The Church in Susanville Richmond Rd. at Richmond School, Susanville, (530) 310-2738,

Gospel Tabernacle

313 Ash Street, Westwood, (530) 256-3309

Fourth & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-3136

Church of Christ

Grace Fellowship Foursquare

205 N. Fairfield, (530) 257-5433,

1401 Riverside Dr., Susanville, (530) 257-2210,

Jehovah’s Witnesses 2404 Bunyan Rd, Susanville, (530) 257-2984,

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church LCMS

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Herlong Assembly of God

Lassen Missionary Baptist

905 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-6369,

Herlong Access Rd., Herlong, (530) 827-2465

150 S. Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 250-4903

First & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-2223,

The Log Cabin at Church St. & Main, Janesville. (530) 253-2759

1825 Spring Ridge Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-5195,

Community Church

Highland Baptist Church

1400 Numa Rd., Susanville 801 Cottage St., Susanville, (530) 257-2924, (530) 257-5225

Light House Ministries 345 Ash St., Susanville, (530) 251-4521

Doyle Christian Church

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

Main St., Doyle, (530) 827-2430

Hamilton Branch, Hwy. A13 at Big Springs Rd. and Mary Ann Lane, (530) 596-3622

Ministry in Motion

Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God

New Life Church

Eagle Lake Community Church 687-905 Lakeview Dr., Spaulding, (530) 825-3371

First Baptist Church 742-710 Susanville St., Herlong, (530) 827-0259

464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. (A-3 between Sears and Sunnyside Rd.), Janesville, (530) 253-3222,

467-805 Wada St. Susanville 747-355 Harrington Rd., Doyle, (530) 250-5112

Pentecostal Church of God Doyle, (530) 827-3163

St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Mission

Susanville Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Calvary Chapel Westwood

Church of the Nazarene

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Reaching Nations for Christ

105 Ash St. (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Annex,) (530) 249-5114,

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 718-045 Hwy 395 E., Standish, (530) 254-6990,

Truth Tabernacle Standish Bible Church Plumas St., 1 block SE of A-3 & US 395, Standish, (530) 254-6688,

Susanville Assembly of God 473-465 Richmond Rd., (530) 257-5000,

2595 Main St., Susanville, (530) 260-8006,

United Methodist Church 70 South Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 257-5893

Westwood Assembly of God 624 Ash St., Westwood, (530) 256-3405

Susanville Christian Fellowship

Westwood Bible Fellowship

705 Hall St., Susanville, (530) 257-3452

401 Delwood St. Westwood, (530) 256-2882 Snow geese photo by Jordan Clary

Photo by Jordan Clary

Bible Baptist Church

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Coppervale Ski Area Lassen County’s own ski haven provides the essentials for a quality family outing


Norm Wilson, manager of Coppervale, explains snowboarding technique to Maddyn Gunn. Photos by Susan Cort Johnson

Norm Wilson helps Greysen Kinsey learn to snowplow down a slope near the lodge at Coppervale.

Jay Williams, head of the ski patrol at Coppervale, shows Cameron Sawyer how to snowboard.


f there’s snow on the ground in Lassen County, then it’s time to hit the slopes at Coppervale Ski Area. Once the snow arrives, so do the dreams of skiers and snowboarders aching to be released onto packs of powder provided by the local ski area, located off of Highway 36 between Susanville and Westwood. The more snow on the ground, the more enthusiastic the expectant skiers and snowboarders become of a great season. Coppervale is operated on a seasonal basis as snow conditions allow and offers the perfect opportunity for beginners, families and advanced skiers alike. “This is a good way to get the kids away from the TV,” said Norm Wilson, manager of Coppervale Ski Area. “It’s a great family thing also. You can sit here at the lodge and watch your kids do laps. It’s not like Tahoe where they can get lost two ridges over. It’s just a really good place to be. It’s a community atmosphere and that’s the way we like it.” Coppervale brings in locals as well as numerous skiers from all over the world looking for an intimate experience. According to Wilson, the ski area keeps busy during the wait for the weather in the off season, grooming and making sure everything is perfect for the ski area to open when the snow arrives. Coppervale, formerly owned and operated through Lassen Community College, but now run entirely by volunteers, features a poma lift and a rope tow to carry skiers and snowboarders up 800 vertical feet of good times. The area also boasts a terrain park, which allows opportunities for every skill level from beginner to expert.

Coppervale also caters to families, as the size allows you to easily keep an eye on each other. There are always lessons available for anyone who would like them, while the full-featured terrain park and half-pipe offers the more daring folks in the crowd a chance to spread their wings and fly. Ski and snowboarding lessons are offered Saturdays and Sundays. Beginners can start on a slight slope just to the west of the lodge, and eventually move over to the more intermediate rope tow and finally on to the poma lift. The poma lift was installed in 1977 and offers a one-of-a-kind experience as it hauls each snow lover to the top of the mountain where they can enjoy incredible panoramas of the Goodrich Creek Valley below. Wilson has been running the mountain for more than 32 years. He isn’t able to predict when the ski area will open for the winter and said Coppervale opens whenever Mother Nature feels like blanketing the area with snow. As Lassen County locals know, winter weather is unpredictable but once it comes, the snow provides the ski area with ample amounts of white powder for the enjoyment of all. Coppervale is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, when the weather permits. Daily lift tickets are $25 and $20 for half-day passes. Season passes are $150 for students, $175 for adults and $350 for a family. According to Wilson, the family package is the best deal as the price is set regardless of family size. For more information or current conditions, call (530) 257-9965. ❖

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Snowmobiling in Lassen County 160 miles of groomed trails await you


nyone with a snowmobile or access to one is truly fortunate to be in Lassen County during the winter. Lassen National Forest offers some of the best maintained snowmobile trails in the state. The Eagle Lake Ranger District alone manages roughly 160 miles of well-groomed trails in its portion of the forest. Combined with snowmobile trails in the Almanor and Hat Creek ranger districts, employees manage more than 590 miles of snowmobile trails. That’s enough to be any crosscountry skier or snowmobile rider’s dream. Fredonyer Snowmobile Park The Fredonyer Snowmobile Park is located 10 miles west of Susanville, on Highway 36. The park has about 80 miles of groomed trails. Many trails are looped, with some connecting to Plumas National Forest trails. Boasting spectacular views as well as more technically challenging trails, these trails are some of the most visually pleasing for those adventurous enough to make the trek. Bogard Snowmobile Park Bogard is about 22 miles northwest of Susanville on Highway 44. Also boasting about 80 miles of trails, Bogard has the meadows of Pine Creek Valley. Though they are not groomed, these meadows are generally open to snowmobiles. Lassen National Forest warns riders to watch for fence lines and to be careful of water under the snow during warmer months. Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park is located 4 miles east of Mineral, Calif. on Highway 36. Consisting of 77 miles of groomed trails, the Lassen National Forest Winter Recreating Guide says the Morgan Summit trail system can be accessed from Mill Creek on Highway 172 and from Mineral. Jonesville Snowmobile Park Access to the Jonesville Snowmobile Park can be found two miles east of the Cherry Hill Campground on the Humboldt Road, also known as County Road 91422. It can be accessed from Highway 32. Jonesville features 60 miles of groomed trails, including three loops. Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park Lassen National Forest considers the Swain Mountain Trail system the hub of the trail system for the entire forest. The park is located just off County Road A-21, about nine miles north of Westwood. The park can also be accessed just

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east of the Chester-Lake Almanor staging area on Highway 36. The system consists of 60 miles of beginner-level groomed trails. At the beginning of the winter season, Swain is usually the first staging area to open with enough snow to move, as well as the last place to close facing the onset of spring. Swain links directly into the Frednoyer and Bogard snowmobile parks, which can offer roughly 200 miles of marked trails, both groomed and not groomed. Visitors should know some trails are close to the Caribou Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park — areas that prohibit snowmobiles. Ashpan Snowmobile Park Located off Highway 44/89, about four miles northeast of the north entrance to Lassen National Park, Ashpan has 35 miles of groomed trails. According to Lassen National Forest, the Ashpan trail system is associated with 30 miles of trails located in Latour State Forest. The trails are good for multiple skill levels, as well as spectacular mountain views. Most of the snowmobile trails offer either restrooms or warming huts, or both. ❖


Lassen County Arts Council


he Lassen County Arts Council is the home of the local arts scene in Lassen County. Located in Uptown Susanville at 807 Cottage St., the Arts Council is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and hosts monthly art exhibits year-round. One of its most anticipated events is the December Chocolate Festival held in conjunction with the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce’s Magical Country Christmas.

Local chocolatiers contribute their most delectable products and the public can sample and buy to their heart’s content. In addition, the Arts Council sponsors the annual Art of Wild Horses community event, a summer Youth Art Program, open studio events for artists working in many different mediums, restoration of Susanville’s murals and arts in education. The Arts Council also provides opportunities for authors and musicians through the ever-popular Words and Music events, and locals shine during the Ed Susanville production. The Arts Council also hosts occasional events by itinerate musicians and acting troupes. If you’re looking to sample the flavors of art in Lassen County, stop by the Lassen County Arts Council Gallery. ❖

Local musician Mike Rivas Local artist Elgin Cannon discusses art with a patron.




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Diamond Mountain Golf Course


here are many recreational options available throughout the beautiful area of Lassen County to satisfy any craving. Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and even strolling are in abundance everywhere you look. Just about everything is offered in our mountain area, and one of the favorite sports in the history of civilization, golf, is also offered right here against the picturesque views of mountains, meadows and lakes. While not a sport for the winter enthusiast, the clean air and pristine landscapes of the area lend the perfect atmosphere for any golf lover. The weather in Northeastern California ensures tee times between the early spring to the end of fall. Tee times usually begin when the first golfer arrives at 7 a.m. in the warmer months, with 8 a.m. the start in


the colder months, and the course stays open until the sun slips behind the western slopes. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course offers 18 holes of splendid playing time for those who love to hit the links. In 2003, the golf course expanded from nine holes to a full 18-hole course. Once known as Emerson Lake Golf Course, the course changed its name, as well as its overall vibe. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course is located at 470-835 Circle Drive in Susanville and is a par 72 and 6,454 yards long. The course is complete with a driving range, chipping area, putting green and a pro shop, as well as a restaurant. Originally designed by Dave Tanner and opened in 1968, the course offers spectacular views of Diamond Mountain, rolling green meadows and ponds as big as lakes.

The course is known for premium shot accuracy because of its tight layout and defined cut of rough bordering its fairways. Sand bunkers have been included in the design of every hole to add to the large, sloped greens, which are fast but soft in texture so “they should hold your shots.” According to, “This course offers something for everyone, with its long, straight fairways, simple doglegs, numerous pine trees and fast greens.” Visitors are encouraged to hit the links and check out the picturesque course set against the mountains of Lassen County. After trekking through the course, stop and have a burger or numerous other food options at the bar and grill. Tee times and registration are available online, as well as signup specials for the course

and course rates. For more information regarding tee times, cart rates and discount fees, call the clubhouse at (530) 257-2520. ❖

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A Magical Country Christmas Santa rides a sleigh in the annual parade.


hether you love celebrating with family, friends and community members, or you just love Christmas-themed parades, the annual Magical Country Christmas is a great kickoff to the Christmas season. The event, sponsored by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in Uptown Susanville. This free community event includes live music and dance performances, Santa’s Grand Entry parade, fireworks and refreshments. People will also have the opportunity to shop local for Christmas gifts as Uptown merchants stay open for holiday shopping. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event. Call the Daryn Anderson sits on Santa’s lap during last year’s Chamber office at (530) 257-4323 for more information. ❖ Magical Country Christmas festivities. File photos

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Lassen County’s newest trail is a treasure


assen County is home to many wellgroomed trails, all of which boast stunning views and are sure to delight hikers, bikers and horseback riders alike. However, in 2014, local volunteers, trail enthusiasts and student and fire crews completed a new trail, which has turned out to be a true gem of the county’s trail system. The new South Side Trail connects to the already-popular Bizz Johnson Trail at Hobo Camp in Susanville and was built on land in the Susan River Canyon. When the 2013 edition of Lassen County Visitor’s Guide was published, only four miles of the trail had been built. However, the South Side Trail is now complete and consists of seven miles of beautiful outdoor panoramas. Starting west of the upper parking lot at Hobo Camp, the trail follows an existing dirt road for the first two miles and, according to BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Stan Bales, still

looks and feels like a road. However, the road is closed to motor vehicles. The path then follows a mostly level bench on top of a basalt bluff within the Susan River Canyon, affording different perspectives of the Susan River Canyon than can be seen from the Bizz Johnson Trail. The old road’s dirt surface is well suited for walking, running, mountain

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biking and horseback riding. After two miles the old road grade descends to river level. At this point, the South Side Trail truly becomes a trail as it follows a narrow, single-track path cleared along the overgrown road. Approximately three miles west of Hobo Camp, a new single-track trail segment was built in a scenic portion of the canyon and continues for about a mile. In this area, the trail winds its way through large pine and fir trees, below small basalt rims and between large boulders with lots of short ups and downs along some steep side hills. The new trail then climbs up onto a level wooded bench within the canyon and again follows old logging roads for another quarter mile to a trail junction at about the east tunnel of the Bizz Johnson Trail. For those who do not want to ride or walk on the narrow, single-track segment, an alternate trail, Canyon View Trail, follows a wider road ➢

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up a steep grade for half a mile and then descends back to connect with South Side Trail near the east railroad tunnel on the Bizz Johnson Trail. Above the east railroad tunnel is a junction with a single-track connector trail that provides linkage back to the Bizz Johnson Trail. From the junction of South Side Trail and the connector trail to the Bizz Johnson Trail at the east railroad tunnel, South Side Trail continues west (upstream) .2 miles to a spectacular overlook of the Bizz Johnson Trail’s west railroad tunnel. The trail continues west and upstream along a steep grass- and shrub-covered side hill on a narrow single-track trail (18 to 36 inches wide) for approximately .2 miles, then connects with an old road grade that is wider, but has only been cleared for single-track trail use (2 to 3 feet wide). West of the steep side hill segment, the trail re-enters a pine and fir forest landscape. It then follows the old road grade as it climbs and descends above the Bizz Johnson Trail’s west railroad tunnel providing views back to the east railroad tunnel.

Continuing west, the South Side Trail descends to the shaded riparian area of Cheney Creek, a year-round stream five miles west of Susanville. West of Cheney Creek, the trail climbs again through a series of gradual grades and four steep, climbing turns until the trail gains elevation to connect with another old logging road grade (only cleared to single-track trail width). After about .5 miles the trail leaves the old road and follows a singletrack trail constructed along the edge of an inner canyon basalt rim with occasional views of the Susan River. The single track trail meanders along the rim, crosses an open treeless grass and low sage flat and then re-enters a mix of pine and fir trees. Soon the trail crosses a small seasonal drainage and then continues through the woods to another beautiful overlook of the Susan River. From the overlook, the trail descends through two turns, traverses 700 feet of rocky talus slope padded with dirt, then descends to river level .25 miles south of the Devil’s Corral trailhead. During low flows, temporary bridges may be installed across the Susan River

.25 miles south of the Devil’s Corral Trailhead. However, this is subject to river levels and other factors. Call BLM to check current conditions. A permanent South Side Trail bridge over the Susan River at Devil’s Corral is planned for the future, but is not expected to be funded for several years. Trail users should carry plenty of water or treat water for drinking. Dogs and stock animals can access the Susan River in many places along South Side Trail, however in many places the trail is far above the river and there is no easy way to the water so trail users should provide watering opportunities for dogs and horses when water is nearby. To see a video with helmet cam views of the South Side Trail and the Susan River Canyon, visit The description of the South Side Trail was provided by Stan Bales, outdoor recreation planner, Eagle Lake Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130. For questions about the trail, call (530) 257-0456. ❖

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Bizz Johnson Marathon The Bizz Johnson Marathon attracts runners from around the world

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ore than 1,000 runners flock to Lassen County in October to test their stamina and endurance during the Bizz Johnson Marathon. The popular race is more than 26 miles of hard-fought victory for participating runners. It’s also a great opportunity for runners to set personal records and qualify for the Boston Marathon, while enjoying breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air. The trail, part of a railroad branch line originally constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 to haul lumber from Westwood to Fernley, Nev., may seem an unlikely site for a marathon, but the scenic trail twists and turns through the rugged Susan River

Canyon make it the perfect location for a back-country run. Runners will enjoy crossing the river 12 times on bridges and trestles, and trekking through two old railroad tunnels. Some runners go as far as to say the trail is one of the most beautiful sites for a run they’ve ever seen. The first few miles of the trail, beginning in Westwood, Calif., lean slightly uphill with the last 20 miles or so traveling swiftly downhill. Along the way, the trail passes through a landscape of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine, fir and juniper overlooking the flowing Susan River Canyon. The entire community of Lassen County supports the event. Local Boy

Scouts, Girl Scouts and Susanville Rotary Club members staff aid stations along the course. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and Lassen Land and Trails Trust offer their services along with other community supporters. The marathon is a two-day event and features five runs of different lengths to satisfy any runner’s appetite. The Express Half Marathon starts off the event Saturday, Oct. 11. The course starts at the Goumaz Trailhead and runs through the second half of the trail. Runners will be bused to the location from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot and Visitor Center and will depart at 8 a.m. Cost for the shuttle to the starting location is $15 and runners can ➢

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opt out of the fee during registration if they have someone bring them to the starting point. The race on Saturday will have aid stations at miles 4, 7, 9 and 11. The Half Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 12, starts across the street from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot on Richmond Road and continues up to wrap back around using the last quarter of the full trail route. Aid stations will be available every two miles, and the event is limited to 250 participants.

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The 10K Run also starts across the street from the Historic Railroad Depot, and, much like the Half Marathon, wraps back around to catch the marathon trail at the last three miles of the full route. In the second year of featuring this run, the 10K Run appeals to local runners young and old, with aid stations available every two miles, The event is limited to 50 participants.

satisfied with running the typical 26.2 miles of marathon. The Bizz Johnson 50K Run offers an extra five miles for runners to enjoy. The race starts at the Mason Station Trailhead in Westwood, Calif. at 8 a.m. and ends at Hobo Camp. Aid stations will be located every two to three miles. For registration information and signup fees, go to

The Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon starts near Westwood at the Mason Station trailhead at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Runners will get to experience the unique beauty of the scenic Lassen National Forest with its cliffs, rivers, wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The marathon, a USA Track and Field certified full marathon course and a Boston Marathon qualifier, attracts many runners in the hopes of setting a personal record, but note the altitude ranges from 4,200 feet to 5,600 feet. For an additional $15, runners may be shuttled to the starting location. The shuttles leave at 8 a.m. There will be aid stations every two to three miles.

Bizz Johnson Trail history In 1978, Southern Pacific Railroad received approval to abandon most of the old line that carried lumber and sometimes passengers from 1914 through 1956. Following legal abandonment of the line, the Bureau of Land Management spearheaded the rails-to-trails conversion of the old railroad grade. Former U.S. Congressman Harold T. “Bizz� Johnson, who served in the House of Representatives from 1958 to 1980, was instrumental in helping establish the 30-mile segment as a rails-to-trails conversion for recreational use. The trail is named in his honor. Today, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service jointly manage the popular trail. �

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Breakdown of dates, times and race options for the 2014 Bizz Johnson Marathon •7:30 to 8 a.m. — Buses load at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •8 a.m. — All buses leave. •8 to 8:40 a.m. — Drive to start line. •9 a.m. — Express Half Marathon begins. 10K Run, Half Marathon, Marathon and 50K Run •1 to 5 p.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.

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Saturday, Oct. 11 Express Half Marathon •6:30 to 8 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.

Sunday, Oct. 12 50K Run •6:30 to 7 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •6:45 to 7 a.m. — Buses load at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •7 a.m. — All buses leave. •7 to 7:40 a.m. — Drive to start line. •8 a.m. — 50K Run starts.

Marathon •6:30 to 8 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •7:30 to 8 a.m. — Buses load at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •8 a.m. — All buses leave. •8 to 8:40 a.m. — Drive to start line. •9 a.m. — Marathon starts. 10K Run and Half Marathon •8 to 8:45 a.m. — Race day registration and bib pickup at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. •9 a.m. — 10K Run and Half Marathon start.

All events finish at Hobo Camp. On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a shuttle between Hobo Camp and the Railroad Depot for runners as they finish their events. ❖


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A warm Westwood welcome


The annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival offers fun for the whole family. Photos by Susan Cort Johnson

everal annual events held in Westwood are worth marking your calendar to remember. Following is a list of the special activities planned. Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival The first Saturday in July the town of Westwood holds a festival sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce that embraces its roots in the logging industry. In 2014, the 26th annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 5 at Westwood Park on Greenwood Street. Gates open at 11 a.m. following a parade along Ash and Third streets which ends at the park. Blues bands entertain throughout the day beginning with Nothin’ Personal from noon to 2 p.m. This year the headliner is Backyard Blues Band. Ritchie Valens’ younger brother, Mario, fronts this band. A multitude of venues are located throughout the park. The Medici Logging Show, which is a lumberjack competition, gives visitors a glimpse of the industry that built Westwood. Contestants compete with axes and chainsaws to determine the best-skilled loggers. The town was founded in 1913 by the Walker family, who owned the Red River Lumber Company. Crafters sell handmade wares, artists their artwork and experts in antiques and vintage items will also have booths. In addition, organizations and public agencies will host booths with information and activities. Children have an opportunity to play on several giant inflatable carnival activities such as a water slide and bounce house and take part in the junior logging show.


A free street dance is held Thursday, July 3 at the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station from 8 to 11 p.m. as part of the festival. This year the DJ Outlaw will play dance music. Also, a fun run takes place at 8 a.m. the morning of the festival, July 5, with the start at the visitor center located at Third and Ash streets near the railroad track. A pancake breakfast is served by Westwood Museum volunteers at the Westwood Community Center. For more information, call the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456. Iron Horse Poker Run Registration for The Chimney Fund charity event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Double G-Ironhorse Saloon at 320 Ash St. Those entered in the event will ride motorcycles around Lake Almanor, stopping at various businesses to draw a poker card. There will be prizes for the high and low hands. The event includes a barbeque and music and those who don’t ride can purchase a meal. Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off On Saturday, Sept. 13, the 23rd annual cook-off will take place at The Double G Ironhorse Saloon located at 320 Ash St. in Westwood. Chili cooks from

Chili and chowder cook-offs are a mainstay of Westwood’s social scene.

throughout the region go out of their way to create an appealing recipe for the judges, who do a blind tasting. Also awarded are trophies for best booth and the people’s choice. Tasting kits are available at noon. The proceeds go to The Chimney Fund, a nonprofit organization founded to help those in need in the WestwoodChester-Lake Almanor area. Christmas in the Mountains On Friday, Dec. 5, the Westwood Chamber hosts a winter festival on the grounds of the Westwood Community Center that features a light parade, a variety of vendors, children’s activities and warm fire pits to gather around with a cup of hot chocolate and good friends. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a firetruck as part of the light parade ready to listen to each child’s Christmas wish list and pose for a photo. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. The community center is located at the corner of Third and Birch streets. Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off A chowder cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 on the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor CenterWestwood Station located at the corner of Ash and Third streets near the railroad tracks. The contestants who enter go out of their way to warm the hearts of those tasting the hearty soups in an effort to win most popular vote. They provide appetizers and frequently desserts to go along with the soup and the Chamber includes a bread bowl with the tasting kit that can be filled with a taster’s favorite chowder. A band entertains during the tasting and local organizations provide activities for children. ❖

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Westwood Museum charts its 100-year history


estwood, on the western boundary of Lassen County, has a rich history and details of the town’s past are being carefully charted by Westwood Museum, Inc. The town was built at the height of the logging industry in Northern California to house the employees of the Red River Lumber Company owned by Thomas Barlow Walker. Plans for the town of Westwood and plant that created lumber, plywood, box shook and Venetian blind slats were drawn up in the Red River office in Minneapolis, Minn. The first unit of the mill was built in

Westwood Museum board members hold a photo of The Red River Lumber Company in its early days. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson

1913. When it was completed in 1914, the mill stretched about a mile between Westwood and Pinetown. It was operated by Walker’s son, Fletcher. Accompanying Fletcher to Westwood were his wife, Eveline, and their four sons, Theodore, Fletcher Jr., Kenneth and Norman. The Walkers operated the mill for about 30 years, selling the property, the town and timberland to Fruit Growers Supply Company in 1944. This company sold its holdings in 1957. Westwood Museum, Inc., a nonprofit organization run by an elected board of directors and operated by a group of volunteers, displays artifacts within the museum located at 311 Ash St. Operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; from Mother’s Day weekend in May through the end of September. The displays are separated into categories representing “The Town,” “The People,” “The Mill” and “The Woods.” Recent acquisitions include a sterling silver loving cup presented to Eveline


Walker for Christmas in 1915 by the employees of the Red River Lumber Company. The museum acquired the loving cup from the Plumas County Museum. A large map of the Walker family timber holdings around the 1920s to 1930s hangs on one wall. There are also a multitude of binders containing old photos, hard copies of local newspapers from 1908 to the 1950s, school yearbooks as well as scrapbooks assembled by Mrs. Bailey, who was a school teacher in Westwood. Exhibits include historic logging and Indian artifacts and items that chronicle life within the town during the past 100 years. This season there will be a new military display featuring a U.S. Army Mountain Howitzer cannon on loan from the Lassen County Historical Society. Originally the cannon was in the possession of the Fletcher Walker family and displayed on the front lawn of their home in Westwood. For more information, call the Westwood Museum at (530) 256-2233. ❖

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Westwood’s beautiful Walker Lake Serene lake near Westwood offers a variety of low-impact recreation


ountain Meadows Reservoir, often referred to as Walker Lake by locals, is a serene, shallow body of water located near Westwood. It is frequented by fishing enthusiasts, bird watchers, duck hunters and paddlers. Although perfect for low-impact recreation, the reservoir was created in 1924 to generate electricity and continues to do so to this day; first for the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood and currently as part of the Hamilton Branch Hydroelectric Project owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Six streams flow into this manmade lake created by Indian Ole Dam, which impounds the waters of the Hamilton Branch

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approximately 5.5 miles from Lake Almanor. The lake can be accessed via dirt road west of Westwood off County Road A-21, just before the Highway 147 junction. The road leads to Indian Ole Dam. The reservoir and its shoreline is part of 140,000 acres of watershed lands in California conserved through a Land Conservation Program established by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. Although Mountain Meadows Reservoir is owned by PG&E, a conservation easement holder has been recommended for the land to make sure it is not developed and people enjoy it for generations to come

in a variety of ways, including outdoor recreation. There is a boat ramp near the dam at Mountain Meadows Reservoir and a parking area. Mountain bikes can be ridden across the dam and along the south side of the lake. Mountain Meadows Conservancy, headquartered in Westwood, has created a list of birds found in the meadowlands and around the reservoir which numbers 150. Some of the birds are endangered or threatened species such as the Greater Sandhill Crane and Willow Flycatcher. The beneficial public value of the acreage under the supervision of the stewardship council also includes protection of habitat, cultural and historic resources. ❖

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Paul Bunyan called Westwood home

Paul Bunyan and Babe represent Westwood’s claim to the legend. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson


t is not unusual to see tourists posing for a photo at the foot of the Paul Bunyan and Babe statues located in front of the Westwood Community Center on Third Street. The statues are a good place to capture a moment in time, a memory of a journey through Northeastern California where the historic old logging mill town of Westwood is

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located off Highway 36. The tales of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox were well known in logging camps from coast to coast throughout the United States, therefore many mill towns claimed the folk hero. In Westwood, the Red River Lumber Company, which operated from 1913 to 1957, used the folk hero as its logo, and William Laughead created small booklets about Bunyan and his logging operations in order to sell the company’s products. When Westwood resident Alex de Martimprey uncovered one of these booklets in his father’s attic in the mid1980s, he read it from cover to cover and discovered on the last page Bunyan calling Westwood his hometown. He ran with that claim and pitched an idea for a grand celebration for the 75th anniversary of Westwood that included the unveiling of a Paul Bunyan statue. Artisans at Burlwood Industries in Arcata, Calif. carved the Paul Bunyan statue for the event from a 1,000-year old Redwood tree. The log was 22 feet

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long and 12 feet in diameter. It was unveiled in 1988. The next year, artisans at Burlwood Industries carved Babe the Blue Ox. While the huge statues are easy to spot while driving through town, a hidden treasure pertaining to Paul Bunyan can be found in the Westwood Museum located at 311 Ash St. It is a display of Paul Bunyan paraphernalia that includes many advertising pamphlets created by Laughead for the Red River Lumber Company. A good portion of the items on display were donated by Randy and Pat Church, who started a collection many years ago. According to Pat, she began researching Paul Bunyan logos as a teacher at Westwood High School when she became the leadership advisor. Westwood High’s mascot is a lumberjack. According to a museum volunteer, a student from the East Coast came to Westwood while doing research on Paul Bunyan and said it had one of the best collections on display. ❖

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Diamond Mountain Speedway

Home to fast and furious family fun Photo by Maddie Musante


s the sun begins to set on warm summer evenings in Lassen County, it’s not uncommon for residents and visitors to find themselves under the bright lights of the grandstands at Diamond Mountain Speedway sipping on a cold beverage and listening to a combination of country music and roaring engines. The sounds of revving engines, the smell of burning tires and the deafening sounds of an excited crowd fill the air starting in May and continuing into September. Hungry fans from all over gobble up the fast-paced, mud-splattered action as mini, strictly stock and modified class racers zip around the course seeking the checkered flag. This family friendly event is entertainment for anyone looking for a good time in Lassen County, and provides intrigue and excitement as racers roar around the dirt track — sometimes using only three wheels. The smell of fuel, the rumble of finely tuned engines and the excitement of witnessing the races live bring out the best in both fans and racers alike. “It’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” said Larry McCracken, a modified racer. “At first, it’s scary when you are sitting there in line, but as soon as you get going, it’s like you are in a whole


other world. It’s a blast.” Each year, the races bring in a bigger audience as the popularity of the event rises. It has now become a staple in the county’s entertainment as fans clamor to get a seat in the grandstands each year to witness the incredibly fast and the furious scorch around the track at frightening speeds. The cars rumble to life on race days, kicking up a good amount of the dirt track complete with the smell of burning fuel and oil as the racers fight for the top position in the three divisions. Come check out the races and gather your own heart-pounding story by sitting in the grandstands of the Lassen County Fairgrounds, watching the drivers and hearing the earthtrembling sounds at the Diamond Mountain Speedway. The popular Fourth of July races return and land on a Friday this year. At the conclusion of the races, there will be a fireworks show celebrating the United States. Bring a blanket, grab your significant other and snuggle up tight for the Lassen County fireworks show following the races. There are several more dates for the race season. Check out the sidebar for a complete listing or log on to to check on any upcoming races. ❖

Diamond Mountain Speedway 2014 racing schedule Saturday, May 10 Friday, May 30 Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 28 Friday, July 4 Sunday, July 20 Saturday, Aug. 9 Saturday, Sept. 13

Susanville/Quincy Tour schedule Susanville — Saturday, June 28 Quincy — Saturday, June 21 Quincy — Saturday, July 26 Susanville — Saturday, Aug. 9 Lassen County Visitors Guide 2014-15

Rails To Trails Festival


he Rails to Trails Festival recognizes the important role railroads played in the region and attracts thousands of visitors. The Lassen Land and Trails Trust hosts the festival at its historic Susanville railroad depot at the Bizz Johnson trailhead. You can try your hand at pumping a historic handcar, and, if you’re brave and have four friends to join you, you can compete in California’s only parallel track handcar race. The depot recently celebrated its centennial. The festival kicks off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 11 with the Bizz Johnson Marathon runners heading out for the first of two races on the trail.

The day picks up speed with children’s activities and handcar

‘warm ups’ in the morning. The air is filled with the enticing smells from the Chili and Salsa Cook-off competitors as they prepare for the mid-day judging. You want to be in line early so you have time to taste them all! Throughout the day there is great live entertainment featuring artists, musicians, storytellers as well as vendors offering regional produce, crafts and food. For more information, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252, visit their website at or email They’re happy to answer any of your questions and help you plan a great weekend here in Lassen County. ❖

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Visit Lassen County’s Farmers Market Freshness abounds


f you’re looking for the very best homegrown fruits and vegetables or locally produced beef, bison, chicken and eggs, you won’t want to miss Lassen County’s Farmers Market. Lassen Land and Trails Trust’s Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday, June 7 and continues through October (weather permitting). Lassen County Farmers Market is the only certified market in the county. It offers the best and most nutritious fresh local produce, eggs, meats, cottage-produced goods and crafts from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday morning at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot at 601 Richmond Road — the Bizz Johnson Trailhead. There’s always something for everyone at the Lassen County Farmers Market, and, as always, it’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) friendly. For more information about the farmers market, call (530) 257-3252 or go to ❖

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Things to do in and around Lassen County Photo by Austin Greene

MAY 2014 May 2 Lassen Historical Society “Third Grade History Day” 115 N. Weatherlow St. For more info, call (530) 257-3292. May 3 Lassen County Office of Education “Children’s Fair” 10am – 4pm, Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is free. For more info, call (530) 257-2196 or go to May 3 Susanville Eskualdunak Club “Annual Mus Tournament” Time and place to be announced. May 3 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show & Play Day” 8am Horse Show, 2pm Play Day, Janesville Park Equestrian Arena. For more info email May 4 Diamond Mountain Casino “St. Baldrick’s Event” For more information, call (530) 252-1100. May 9 Lassen Historical Museum “Season Opener Celebration” 5pm, 115 N. Weatherlow. For more info, call (530) 257-3292. May 10 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900. May 13 CalTrans “State Route 139 Transportation Concept Report Public Workshop” 6 – 7pm, Susanville City Council Chambers, 66 N. Lassen St. For more info, call CalTrans (530) 225-3426. May 14 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, “Issues with Children & Extended Family” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. May 15 – 17 Center Stage Players “Driving Miss Daisy” 7pm, 2pm Saturday matinee, Veterans Memorial Hall, tickets $10 pre-sale online, $12 at the door. For more info, go to May 16 – 18 Susanville Indian Rancheria “5th Annual Memorial Pow Wow” 7pm Friday Grand Entry, Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. For more info, go to or call Amelia (530) 249-7192. May 17 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Paiute Meadows Trail Run & Walk.” For event details or to register online, go to or call (530) 257-3252. May 22 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by Tri Counties Bank. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. May 30 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900.

JUNE 2014 June 7 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “National Trails Day, Bike the Bizz & Farmers Market Opener.” For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to June 7 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form go to June 7 Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 “Community Breakfast” 7 – 11am, $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. June 7 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show & Play Day” 8am Horse Show, 2pm Play Day, Janesville Park Equestrian Arena. For more info, email June 11 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘Blended Families – Special Considerations for our Mental Health’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. June 12 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by Superior Products Company, 474-340 Commercial Way. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. June 13 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900. June 13 & 15 Symphony “Susanville Pops Concert” 7pm Sat., 2:30pm Sun., Susanville Assembly of God Church. For more info, call (530) 257-2920 or go to June 14 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to


June 14 Lassen Volcanic National Park “Get Outdoors Day” Explore Safely Trail Challenge kick-off. For more info, go to June 14 LHS “Alumni Picnic” Lassen County Fairgrounds. Time to be announced. June 16 – 22 Lassen County Fair “Bluegrass Festival.” For more info, call (530) 251-8900. June 21 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to June 21 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form go to June 28 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to June 28 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Main Street Cruise Classic Car & Motorcycle Show N’ Shine” Historic Uptown Susanville. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. June 28 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini-Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900.

JULY 2014 July 4 Lassen County Fair “Fireworks Show” immediately following auto races. For more info, call (530) 251-8900 or go to July 5 “Paul Bunyan Mountain & Blues Festival” Westwood. For details, see page 48. July 5 Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 “Community Breakfast” 7 – 11am, $5 per person, Kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. July 5 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to July 5 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form go to July 5 Fourth of July Celebration sponsored by Project Eagle Lake Trout, Eagle Lake RV Park, Spalding. For more info, call (530) 825-3133. July 9 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘Activities for Mind, Body & Spiritual Wellness’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. July 10 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, The Pardner Farm Supply co-hosted by One Fine Day Catering, 702-100 Johnstonville Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. July 12 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to July 12 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show & Play Day” 8am Horse Show, 2pm Play Day, Janesville Park Equestrian Arena. For more info, email July 15 – 19 Lassen County Fair. For more info, call (530) 251-8900 or go to July 19 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to July 19 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form go to July 20 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900. July 26 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to July 26 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900.

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Check the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and Lassen County Times websites for the latest updates to this calendar of events: or AUGUST 2014 Aug. 1 – 2 “Annual Doyle Days Lizard Races” Dixon Park, Doyle. For more info, email Aug. 1 – 3 Lassen Volcanic National Park “Dark Sky Festival” event includes ranger-led programs, NASA demonstrations and talks, junior ranger astronomy programs and more. For more info, go to Aug. 2 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Aug. 2 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form, go to Aug. 2 Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 “Community Breakfast” 7 – 11am, $5 per person, kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. Aug. 2 American Cancer Society “Relay For Life” Lassen Union High School Stadium. Aug. 8 – 9 Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program “Doyle Days.” For more info, email or visit Doyle Days on Facebook. Aug. 9 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Aug. 9 Lassen High School “Reunion for Graduating Classes of 1983 – 1985 Susanville Elks Lodge. Time to be announced. Aug. 9 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900. Aug. 13 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘When to Say No’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. Aug. 14 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, hosted by C&S Waste Solutions of Lassen County, 471-825 Diane Dr. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. Aug. 16 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Aug. 16 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form, go to Aug. 16 Iron Horse Poker Run, 11am, Double G-Ironhorse Saloon, Westwood. Aug. 23 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Aug. 30 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Aug. 30 PELT Family Festival, Spalding. For more info, call (530) 825-3133.

SEPTEMBER 2014 Sept. 6 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Sept. 6 Marine Corps League High Sierra Det. 1068 “Community Breakfast” 7 – 11am, $5 per person, kids age 5 and under free, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info, call Don McMullen (530) 310-4031. Sept. 6 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form, go to Sept. 10 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘Financial Difficulties & Substance Abuse’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. Sept. 11 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5 – 7pm, 464-440 Church St. in Janesville hosted by Artisan Coffee, co-hosted by Steve’s Pumps & Well Drilling & Pizza Factory. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. Sept. 13 “High Country Cruise” 10am - 4pm, For more info, call (530)257-4323.

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Sept. 13 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Sept. 13 “13th Annual Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off” in Westwood. For more info, see article on page 48. Sept. 13 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Horse Show & Play Day” 8am Horse Show, 2pm Play Day, Janesville Park Equestrian Arena. For more info, email Sept. 13 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start. For more info, call (530) 251-8900. Sept. 20 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Sept. 20 Lassen Rural Bus, BLM & LLTT “Bike the Bizz Shuttle” 8am check-in, 8:20 departure, 601 Richmond Rd. For prices and registration form, go to Sept. 27 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Susanville Farmers Market” 8am – 1pm, 601 Richmond Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to

OCTOBER 2014 Oct. 2 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30pm, co-hosted by Honey Lake Firearms, Christensen Insurance, L.M.U.D., Susanville Sanitation, Carol Curry, C.P.A. and For more info, call (530) 257-4323. Oct. 8 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘Domestic Violence & Prevention’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. Oct. 11 Lassen Land & Trails Trust “Rails to Trails Festival” 12pm – 4:30pm, 601 Richmond Rd., handcar races, chili cook-off, vendors, live music. For more info, call (530) 257-3252 or go to Oct. 11 & 12 “Bizz Johnson Marathon” For full schedule of races and events, see page 46. Oct. 17 & 18 Susanville Symphony “Swing Band Concert” 7pm, Veterans Memorial Hall. For more info, call the Symphony Hotline (530) 310-8111. Oct. 25 Honey Lake Valley Riders “Toys for Tots Benefit Play Day” 2pm, Janesville Park Equestrian Arena. For more info, email Oct. 31 “Safe and Sane Halloween” in Historic Uptown Susanville. For more info, see article on page 15.

NOVEMBER 2014 Nov. 11 “Veterans Day Parade” 11am, Main Street, Susanville. Entries meet at 10:15am at the LC Fairgrounds Armory on Russell Ave. For a parade entry form, call (530) 251-8192. Nov. 12 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘Dual Diagnosis – Info & Resources’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. Nov. 13 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30 – 7:30, hosted by Susanville Aviation, 471-920 Johnstonville Rd. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. Nov. 14 Susanville Sunrise Rotary “11th annual Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres” 5:30 – 8:30pm, Jensen Hall, $25 per person. For more info, call Annette (530) 251-6324.

DECEMBER 2014 Dec. 5 “Santa’s Sleigh Days” sponsored by the Lassen County Times and participating merchants throughout Susanville. Shopping sprees, special sales and appetizers. For more info, call (530) 257-5321. Dec. 5 “Christmas in the Mountains” in Westwood. For more info, see page 48. Dec. 6 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “A Magical Country Christmas” 5 – 7pm, Historical Uptown Susanville, parade, live entertainment, food & beverages. For more info, call (530) 257-4323. Dec. 10 Lassen Family Services “Monthly Relationship Support Group, ‘Dealing With Depression – Holiday Blues’” 5 – 6pm, 1306 Riverside Dr., refreshments provided. For more info, call Michelle Latimer (530) 257-4599 ext. 1225. Dec. 12 Susanville Symphony Concert “Christmas in Susanville” 7pm, Assembly of God Church. For more info, call the Syphone Hotline (530) 310-8111. Dec. 14 Susanville Symphony Concert “Christmas in Susanville” 2:30pm, Assembly of God Church. For more info, call the Syphone Hotline (530) 310-8111.


BLM Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program Photo by Jeff Fontana


or the curious or equine enthusiasts looking for an addition to their stables, the Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals are worth a visit. Just 21 miles east of Susanville, the corrals can hold up to 1,000 animals removed from public ranges to keep wild populations in balance with other rangeland users. These animals are available for adoption by the public. Anyone can visit the corrals during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Adopters can call the corrals at (530) 254-6575 and arrange to view available animals and take one home. Horse lovers find many reasons to adopt mustangs. Growing up in the rugged and rocky high deserts, these horses have developed sturdy feet and legs. They are sure-footed as well. Many adopters have high praise for the loyalty, or bond, that wild horses develop with their owners. For these equine

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enthusiasts, this bond is well worth the time and patience it takes to gentle and then train a horse that has never been around humans. Adopted mustangs are used for all types of riding, work and competition. Many adopters prize burros as pasture pets. They warm up to their human owners quickly and are highly trainable. Many burros are used to guard livestock from predators such as coyotes and still others are used for back-country packing and pulling carts. Title to adopt wild horses and burros remains with the federal government for one year. After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title. The law recognizes the animals as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West,” and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds. For more information about the adoption event or wild horse managements, visit ❖



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Lassen Volcanic National Park One of nature’s greatest wonderlands lies less than a 90-minute drive from Susanville


reated in 1916, Lassen Park features seething sulphur springs, belching mud pots, hissing steam vents, as well as opportunities for short hikes and strolls through some of the most pristine, untouched wilderness in the country. Lassen Peak enjoys its place as the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range, which extends north all the way to Canada. The western part of the park features lava pinnacles and volcanoes, while the eastern part features small cinder cones forested with conifers and studded with small lakes. Visitors may even observe hydrothermal activity right alongside Highway 89, the road that traverses the park. The Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center, located near the park’s southwest entrance off Highway 36, is open daily year-round with two exceptions, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. This year the center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning April 1. The center closes about 12:30 p.m. Dec. 24. The center receives its name from the Mountain Maidu name for Lassen Peak, which means Snow Mountain. It includes an exhibit hall, a bookstore, a café and a gift shop. The Loomis Museum, Information Center and Bookstore, located near the northwest entrance to the park off Highway 44, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 17 through Oct. 31. It may close sooner depending upon the weather. For more information, call (530) 595-6140. The Loomis Museum at Manzanita Lake offers information, exhibits, videos and ranger-led programs during the summer months. Photographer B.F. Loomis documented Lassen Peak’s most recent eruption cycle and promoted the park’s establishment. He photographed the eruptions, explored the geology and developed an extensive museum collection. Artifacts and photographs of the 1914-1915 eruptions are on display in the Loomis Museum. Exhibits feature the original


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equipment Loomis used to photograph the eruptions and traditional Atsugewi basketry. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store offers restrooms, a pay phone, showers, a laundromat, food service and a gas station. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 26 through Oct. 11. Call (530) 3357557 for more information. Hiking trails take visitors through a hydrothermal area called Bumpass Hell, and through the Devastated Area that exhibits remarkable recovery since the peak’s last eruption in 1921. Lassen Volcanic National Park’s 106,372 acres provide a wealth of fun activities as varied as the seasons of the park. There are more than 150 miles of hiking trails within the park which range in difficulty from a strenuous 5mile round-trip hike up Lassen Peak to a gentle, 1.85-mile stroll around Manzanita Lake. There are eight campgrounds within Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a large part of Lassen’s wilderness is available for wilderness camping with a free permit. For a longer trek, visitors can hike to the top of Lassen Peak, elevation 10,457 feet, on a five-mile, fourto five-hour roundtrip journey that climbs about 2,000 vertical feet. Be sure to pick up a map at either park entrance and consider exploring the listed trails. These walks are a great way to see just a few of the 700 species of plants and wildlife in the park. The park also offers talks and evening programs during the summer. And don’t forget about Lassen Volcanic National Park if you visit Lassen County during the winter. Park rangers lead snowshoe walks that enable visitors to explore the beauty of the park year-round. The fee to enter the park is $10 per vehicle (valid for seven days). Senior (62 and older) lifetime passes are $10 at the entrance (or $20 by mail). Access passes (for anyone with a permanent disability) are free in person (or $10 by mail). Military annual passes are free in

person for active duty military and their dependents. If on bicycle, foot or motorcycle the fee is $5. Season pass $25 (all year round) The park road covers about 30 miles and takes approximately an hour to drive. Other seasonal passes also are available. Passes are waived on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend in January, National Park week in April, the first day of summer, National Public Lands Day in September and Veterans Day weekend in November. The best time to visit the park for car touring or hiking is from July through September. The road through the park may be closed from late October to midJune due to snow, but there is parking and access to the area at both the north and south entrances year round. Campground fees are $10 to $18 per night and sites are available both by reservation and on a first-come, firstserved basis. To reserve a campsite, call (877) 444-6777 or reserve online at For more information, call the visitor’s center at (530) 595-4480 or visit ❖

LASSEN PEAK 2014 ACCESS DATES The Lassen Peak Trail restoration project will resume this summer. The trail will be closed to Grandview (at approximately 1.3 miles) and then open to the summit only on the following dates (weather dependent):

• Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15 (Father’s Day weekend) • Thursday, July 3 through Monday, July 6 (Independence Day weekend) • Friday, Aug. 8 through Monday, Aug. 10 (Full moon on the 10th) • Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend) • Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28 (Public Lands Day - fee free on Sept. 27 / Art & Wine Festival) • Friday, Oct. 10 through Monday, Oct. 13 (Columbus Day weekend)

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Susanville Symphony

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usanville may be known for its high desert, pine-covered mountains and great fishing, but it is also home to an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra. With a population of about 12,000 and the nearest big city 90 miles away, Susanville is a very rural community. Yet, this frontier county boasts its own symphony orchestra of more than 55 musicians. While the Susanville Symphony thrives on classical music, artistic director and conductor Benjamin J. Wade has not been averse to pop music and arranging rock ballads for a full orchestra. Wade is a seasoned musician and aspiring composer with never-ending energy. He will tell you the idea of a

Susanville Symphony Society 2014-15 Concert Schedule SWING BAND CONCERT 7pm Friday, Oct. 17 & 7pm Saturday, Oct. 18 Veterans Memorial Hall CHRISTMAS IN SUSANVILLE 7pm Friday, Dec. 12 & 2:30pm Sunday, Dec. 14 Assembly of God Church RETURN OF THE RED VIOLIN Elizabeth Pitcairn returns with her legendary 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius 7pm Friday, Feb. 20 & 2:30pm Sunday, Feb. 22 CONCERT FOR THE AGES 7pm Friday, April 24 & 2:30pm Sunday, April 26 Assembly of God Church SUSANVILLE POPS CONCERT 7pm Friday, June 12 & 2:30pm Sunday, June 14 For tickets or more information, visit Margie’s Book Nook, 722 Main St., call the Symphony Hotline at (530) 310-8111 or go to

symphony came about when a group of friends began talking about the need for a musical outlet in Susanville. Some of those friends included Dr. Raymond White, Eric Toews and the late Victor Sainte-Marie. The audience, the emotional and financial reason the symphony exists, enjoys the charisma of the conductor as well as the talent of the orchestra. The appreciation pulses through the community and is one of the foremost factors encouraging musicians and music lovers to take on the grand endeavor of keeping a full symphony going year after year. The grateful audience shows its appreciation with prepaid memberships totaling more than 500 people. The eclectic group of musicians and volunteers, made up of local business people, teachers, retirees, high school students and professionals, all strive to raise the bar higher and higher with each performance. Wade and the musicians challenge themselves by playing successively more difficult compositions. Employing a board of directors in the infancy of the symphony has helped catapult the success of the group. The board, consisting of very committed, driven individuals, has devoted itself to bringing the gift of classical music to the rural community. Early on the vision of the group extended beyond just having an orchestra. The board set out to be the guiding force promoting music in Northeastern California. The society created the Susanville Music in the

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School program which has created a youth orchestra, funded scholarships for music lessons and camps, provided master classes and implemented an instrument repair and loan program. In 2010, the symphony premiered possibly the first symphony/ballet collaboration, “The Four Elements,” which was written by Wade and choreographed by dance director Jessica Newton, and local dance instructors Joan Zuehlke and Nicole McCoy. During that same year, the society opened the Susanville Symphony Music Academy on the Meadow View School campus in Susanville. The academy offers a wide range of instrument classes and vocal lessons to children as young as 7 to adults. Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, graced the Susanville Symphony in 2012, with both a private fundraising concert gala and a performance with the orchestra. The 2012-2013 year marked the symphony’s 10th anniversary and the emergence of the Susanville Choral Society, which operates as an independent performance group and in collaboration with the Susanville Symphony Orchestra. Liudmilla Mullin, a classically trained mezzo-soprano, heads the new group. The Susanville Symphony is a 501 (C) 3 and all donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Susanville Symphony, visit or call (530) 257-2920 for ticket information and concert dates. ❖


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he fifth annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival is held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22. The festival has become one of the favorite bluegrass destinations for both pickers, grinners and bluegrass fans from all across Northern California. Campers may arrive as early as Monday, June 16, and the fairgrounds offers approximately 80 RV sites with electricity. There are also nearly 30 RV sites with both power and water available. All camping is on a first come, first served basis. Pets are welcome, but they cannot go to the audience area near the stage. RV spaces are $20 per day, and tent camping is $15 per day. This year’s lineup includes Kati Penn and New Town, Bluegrass Etc., North Country Bluegrass, Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, The Roustabouts, Mountain Girls, Cliff Compton and Mountaintop and The Gaberdine Sisters. Three-day advanced sale tickets for adults are $45 and will be available at the gate for $55. Three-day advanced tickets for teens (13-19) will be $25 and will be available at the gate for $30. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Single-day adult tickets are $20 and single-day teen tickets are $10. For the second year, the festival offers a music camp for $200 per person, including a three-day festival admission pass. The music camp will be held from Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19 and includes instruction in all bluegrass instruments by Kati Penn and New Town. If there are any quilters in your bluegrass-loving group, they can work in an air-conditioned building while the festival goes on. And don’t worry — the music is piped in from the stage. For those who fear playing with others, Rick Sparks again


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assen County’s Best of Broadway production has blossomed into a much-anticipated annual event, and after 15 years it’s still continuing a great run. Lassen County’s Best of Broadway performs its Broadway review concert series each spring to sold-out audiences at Susanville’s Veterans Memorial Hall. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to bringing a live theatrical experience to the community. Through music, song and dance, its goals are to entertain, educate and inspire local children, youth and adults. The Best of Broadway concert series has become a Lassen County entertainment tradition. Each season the series welcomes more than 100 new and veteran performers, directors, choreographers and technical crew members to the stage. Rehearsals begin right after families return from Christmas break, with performances kicking off the first Friday in March. The group performs six stellar shows during two weekends on Friday and Saturday nights with matinees on Saturday. Although the cast and crew rehearse and perform three months out of the year, the production process goes on all year. It begins in May with the board’s approval of the show theme and a lineup of songs and leadership. Development of costume design, sets, music and choreography takes place during the summer months. Auditions are held in October and November and casting is completed in December. The rigorous rehearsal schedule from January through the beginning of March culminates in an aesthecially pleasing full theatrical experience.

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Best of Broadway Each year, the Best of Broadway Concert Series puts a portion of its profits into updating Veterans Memorial Hall. Over the years, the group has invested thousands of dollars in sound and light gear and other improvements to the Veterans Memorial Hall to upgrade the venue for all the performing arts groups who use the facility, including the Susanville Symphony Society, Lassen County Arts Council, Joan’s Dance Studio, J and J Performing Arts, the House of Dance, the Susanville Symphony Swing Band and the Ed Susanville Show. Besides all the dedication of the stage performers and backstage workers, organizers said the show would not have survived for so many years without the support of parents, grandparents and contributions of so many people and local businesses such as Susanville Supermarket, Billington Ace Hardware, Margie’s Book Nook, The Lassen County Arts Council, KSUE and JDX, the Lassen County Times, friends, family and past volunteers. Through music, song and dance, Best of Broadway’s goals are to entertain, educate and inspire local children, youth and adults. And now, after 15 seasons, the Best of Broadway Concert Series is a cherished and much-anticipated Lassen County entertainment tradition! ❖

Susanville Best of Broadway 2015 • Veterans Memorial Hall 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14 For tickets or more information, call (530) 260-6191 or go to


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Eagle Lake RV Park • Join us for a unique experience... 687-125 Palmetto Way, Spaulding, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3133 Heritage Land Company • Lakefront cabin rentals, daily and weekly rates North Shore, Eagle Lake • 530-825-2131 Mariner’s Resort • Lounge w/fireplace, boat rentals, restaurant, lakeside cabins At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake • 530-825-3333

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609 North Street, Susanville • 530-257-5675 Super 8 Motel • Featuring free breakfast and WiFi in the heart of Susanville 2975 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-2782, 800-800-8000

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There are hundreds of campsites in Lassen County and neighboring Plumas County, many of them located in alpine lake and forested streamside settings, and some in the high desert. A few are open year-round, but most, including those run by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Bureau of Land Management and national parks are open seasonally and their dates of opening and closure vary. Generally, the campgrounds are open from April to October, with

those at higher elevations opening in mid to late May. Reservations You can reserve space at any of the privately-run parks by calling their individual numbers listed below. Most of the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and Lassen Volcanic National Park nongroup campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations can be made (fee charged) at 877-444-6777, or online at at the following campgrounds: Almanor,

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CHESTER AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Brookside RV Park 286 Main St., Chester 530-258-3584 16 ▲ Cedar Lodge RV Park Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 89, Chester 530-258-2904 15 ▲ Childs Meadow Resort Hwy. 36, Mill Creek 530-595-3383 32 8 24 Leisure RV Park 124 Feather River Dr., Chester 800-589-1578, 258-2302 28 ▲ Martin’s RV Park Martin Way & Hwy. 36, Chester 530-258-2407, 258-3000 14 ▲ ▲ St. Bernard Lodge/RV 10 mi. W of Chester 530-258-3382 20 ▲ Last Chance Creek Off Hwy. 36, N of Chester (Includes Group) PG 25 ▲ ▲ Domingo Springs Warner Valley Rd. to County Road 311, AR 18 ▲ ▲ 8 mi. NW of Chester High Bridge 5 mi. W of Chester off Warner Valley Rd. on North Fork Feather River Soldier Meadows SW of Chester off County Road 308 Warner Valley 17 mi. NW of Chester - Inside Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park Juniper Lake 13 mi. N of Chester - Inside Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park LAKE ALMANOR AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Big Cove Resort 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 530-596-3349 Big Springs Resort 2655 Big Springs Rd., Lake Alm. 530-596-3390 Canyon Dam RV Park 29581 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7046 Forest Park RV Spaces 29689 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7405 Lake Cove Resort & Marina 3584 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor 530-284-7697 Lake Haven Resort 7329 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor 530-596-3249 North Shore Campground 2 mi. E of Chester on Hwy. 36, Lake Almanor 530-258-3376 Paul Bunyan Resort 443 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 530-596-4700 Pine Cone Lodge 414 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 530-596-3348 Plumas Pines Resort 3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam 530-259-4343 Vagabond Resort 7371 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor 530-596-3240 Whispering Pines RV Park Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7404 Wilson's Camp Prattville Resort 2932 Almanor Dr. West, Prattville 530-259-2267 Camp Conery Group Camp Canyon Dam, south side of Hwy. 89, just west of junction with Hwy. 147. Cabins (must reserve-50 people max) Rocky Point Campground West shore, north of Canyon Dam, entrance on east side of Hwy. 89 Rocky Point North Group Campground West shore

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BUTT VALLEY RESERVOIR AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Cool Springs East shore of Butt Valley Reservoir Ponderosa Flat N end of Butt Valley Reservoir on east shore Yellow Creek Humbug Valley Rd., off Hwy. 89, SW of Lake Almanor

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