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Lassen County Courthouse Centennial

Lassen County Courthouse, 1938. Courtesy of Jere Baker
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 16, 2017 for fun and interesting times as Lassen County celebrates the 100 year of the dedication of its courthouse on South Lassen Street. The day first starts off that morning with another centennial dedication—Peter Lassen’s Monument. Among the many activities on tap that day include tours of the courthouse by members of the Lassen County Historical Society; a barbecue at the courthouse lawn; a cemetery tour at the nearby Susanville Cemetery and more to be topped off that evening with
September 4, 2017
the Susanville Symphony’s Concert on the Green at the courthouse.

Eagle Lake Calendar Update

Will this be the cover photograph?
First of all, I want to thank everyone who responded, there was a lot more interest than I had expected. As previously mentioned it will be a limited edition in the neighborhood of 50 or 60. The photograph selection is nearly complete, though I have not quite settled on the cover photograph. There is going to be a little special surprise to be included in the calendar. Those who forget to reserve one this is good time as any to send a note. More information to follow when the calendar is released.

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September Preview

Part of the Gallatin boating fleet at Eagle Lake, 1918. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
Of course, the first part of the month has an emphasis on the Lassen County Courthouse Centennial. As usual there is always a wide variety of topics explored each month. The month starts off with A Railroad for Milford, followed by the Eagle Lake pumping plant; Westwood’s Great Purge among other items. The item on Frederick Lander was scheduled in June, kept getting bumped, so finally it will appear this month.

2018 Eagle Lake Calendar

The Gallatin clan setting off for an adventure, July 1920. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
This year there will be a little deviation of calendars that I have produced in the past. First of all, there are two other local calendars now available for 2018, thus a crowded small market.

The calendar will be comprised of vintage Eagle Lake photographs from the 1910-30 era. It will be a very limited edition with an initial run of 25 calendars. More will be produced if demand warrants. Should you so desire to reserve a calendar, please let me know. A notice will appear when the calendars are ready, and they will be available on line for purchase, or locally at Margie’s Book Nook.

Centennial Cemetery Tour

Susanville Cemetery entrance prior to the February 5, 2015 windstorm
No, it is not the centennial for the Susanville Cemetery, since it has been around a lot longer than that. There is to be a cemetery tour, inconjunction with the Lassen County Courthouse Centennial Celebration in September. I will be doing a one-time tour of various county officials whose final resting place is a just a short distance from the courthouse.

In the next few weeks, I will posting those souls who only made honorable mention or less. There are certainly going to be some “raised eyebrows” as to who made the cut and who did not.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time & Place: 1:30 p.m. at the Susanville Cemetery

Some Cool Spots

Interior view of an Eagle Lake ice cave, 1966.
With temperatures in Northeastern California to break the century mark this week, there are many places one, if they have the time and means, to beat the heat. For the adventurous there are places like Crater, Homer and Taylor Lakes, lest we not forget Caribou Wilderness. There is always the various Eagle Lake Ice Caves who want to do some exploring. Finally, with Lassen Park road open there is plenty of snow banks to cool off in. If you are wondering if it the heat will ever end, as a general rule by the end of this month, the region experiences a cold snap, just enough to drive the doves out of the area for opening day on September 1.

August Preview

Flanigan, 1976
Flanigan, 1976, courtesy of Christopher Moody
After a very bumpy first seven months of this year, I am looking forward to some smoother sailing for the remainder of the year. Finally, I can focus more on my historical work, than tending to a multitude of “other” matters. I actually have a good line up for early August and with a little luck maybe I can tackle the legend of the Holden Dick Mine among other topics. After a very bumpy first seven months of this year, I am looking forward to some smoother sailing for the remainder of the year. Finally, I can focus more on my historical work, than tending to a multitude of “other” matters. I actually have a good line up for early August and with a little luck maybe I can tackle the legend of the Holden Dick Mine among other topics.

It’s Official, It’s Open

During the 1930s the park sponsored ski tournaments in the summer. Courtesy of National Park Service
The road through Lassen National Volcanic Park is now open, thanks due in part with assistance from Caltrans, otherwise it could have been delayed until August. It is the latest opening since July 21, 1995. So here is a perfect time to have some summertime fun in the snow!

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Ask Tim

The Purdy clan: Susan, Ronda, Tim and Gary.

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 in the middle of  August, 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 an request at any time.

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4th of July

4th of July 1915 celebration at Westwood. Courtesy of the Nevada Historical Society.

A happy fourth of July to all. Remember to use common sense over the holiday week and if you must use fireworks please use carefully. This is not a time for injuries, or setting off a fire.

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