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Coppervale

Coppervale, courtesy of Lassen College
If you do not have any plans, you may want to attend the annual fundraiser for the Coppervale Ski Hill tomorrow, Friday, November 3 from 4:30 -8 pm. It will be held at the Lassen Community College Cafeteria /Student Union, featuring a teriyaki chicken and rice dinner with a salad, roll and a drink as well as live music, door prizes, a raffle and a silent auction.

All proceeds will help keep Coppervale open. Tickets are available at the LCC Student Union or at Margie’s Book Nook. The cost for this event is $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12.
P.S. If you want to know the history behind Coppervale it can be found in Volume 4 of the Red River Series, which includes the history of the roadhouses between Susanville and Westwood. Also, in December is the history behind Willard Hill and how it ties into Coppervale.

Give the gift of Lassen County history

Standish, 1908
Not sure what to give that special someone, but want to keep the budget balanced too? Why not a gift membership to tipurdy.org. At five dollars a month it is a bargain. You can decided whether for a month, quarter or even splurge for a year.

The recipient not only receives a daily email notification of the latest topic, but is entitled to hard to find papers on the Eagle Lake Ice Caves, too. On top of that they can partake in members only tours varying from a summer solstice observance at an ancient solar observatory to a light hearted Halloween Tour. Even if that person on your list is not local, they still receive materials associated with the tours.

Information on subscriptions is found right here. Have a question drop me a line at tim@tipurdy.org.

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Summer Solstice Tour, 2017
On a quarterly basis, I ask you the reader, if there is something you would like to learn more about or maybe its something you heard, but question its validity. So here is an opportunity to participate. I will do my best to answer any questions. It should be noted, it may take awhile for the answer to appear as a post. The primary reason, many of the daily posts are done nearly a month in advance. So by the time you read this I am already working on posts for the middle of November, or at least I should be. Whatever the case may be, I look forward to hearing from you. Of course, it should be noted that paid subscribers requests receive priority. In addition, you can always send a request at any time.

Lassen County Cemetery Tour

What a wonderful turnout for the Lassen County Courthouse Centennial Cemetery Tour. The graves visited were Howard Meylert (County Treasurer), Augustus “Cass” Hunsinger, (County Sheriff), Harry Burroughs (Superior Court Judge), Lowell Frost (Cemetery Sexton), Doctor Z.N. Spalding (County Superintendent of Schools), W.R. Harrison (District Attorney), Wright P. Hall (County Clerk), Thomas N. Long (Honorary), William D. Minckler (County Surveyor), Russell Brownell, (County Assessor) and Henry Clay Stockton, Supervisor, District One. Subscribers, of course, receive a copy of the narrative.

The Thomas Newton Long family plot, September 16, 2017

Lassen Cemetery Plots

Lassen Cemetery
Main Entrance
What the heck, since a portion of my day will be doing a cemetery tour as part of the Lassen County Courthouse Centennial Celebration, for those interested I do have some Lassen Cemetery real estate for sale. Personally, I three contiguous plots, and the Maurino family has an individual plot on the market. It should be duly noted the County of Lassen sells plots at $1,000 each.

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The Non-Existent Pioneer Cemetery

Susanville Cemetery entrance prior to the February 5, 2015 windstorm

The September 12, 2017 issue of the Lassen County Times stated there will be a tour of the Pioneer Cemetery. I hate disappoint folks, but there is no Pioneer Cemetery. It is a figment of someone’s imagination. The tour is that of the Susanville Cemetery. The nearest so-named Pioneer Cemetery is located in Alturas.

Lassen County Courthouse Centennial Reminder

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There are plenty activities associated all day long on Saturday’s Lassen County Courthouse Centennial Celebration. The program is versatile, so you can partake in one or two activities or make an entire day of it, that is your discretion.

There will be only one cemetery tour. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the main entrance of the Susanville Cemetery at Court and Pine Streets. Those who plan to attend, I would appreciate a courtesy note, that allows for me to do the last minute logistics. Thanks.

Who is and Who is not?

Lassen County elected officials and employees.
To add a little intrigue to the Lassen County Centennial Tour was the determination of selection of who is featured and who is not. Each individual, of course, has a unique tale. The county supervisor selected, while seated on the board, voted to give the contract for the construction of the first courthouse to his close friend, and that is just the beginning. These are the kind of anecdotes I have an unearthed through many decades of research. As I have mentioned before I am only doing this tour once. Do not even dare to ask for a private tour, if you value your mental health.

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Where are we?

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I would find it rather doubtful that federal aviation officials would permit useage of this airstrip. However, for many years, it was maintained by the County of Lassen, though some pondered why.

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