In normal weather cycles this mountain meadow depicted above is usually a lake. It is also part of the headwaters of a well-known Lassen County stream. In the past, it was even popular with duck hunters.
Some people know I have a special affinity for New Zealand. Of course there are a variety of Lassen connections with the land of the kiwis. One of the best photographers of the Lassen region of the 1870s, Herman Brince died in Auckland in 1881. Then there is case of Dr. J.G. Leonard, hardly a household name here or there. It should be noted that in 1884 Leonard had constructed one of Susanville’s most iconic buildings, known today as the Elk’s Lodge. Leonard’s descendants reside in New Zealand. The Asher family were among the prominent Jewish families of Susanville, though they later left that town to help establish Hollywood and Asher descendants, too, reside in New Zealand. In addition, even a Shinn descendant is a New Zealand resident.
So what does this bizarre topic with Cows with Guns have to do with New Zealand. Not only do I read the New Zealand Herald, but I listen to a New Zealand radio station. Recently, that station played a medley by Dana Lyons entitled Cows with Guns. It is on youtube and click here to listen. The lyrics with the puns are great, and I am sure Lassen County’s ranching community will enjoy. With that in mind, enjoy your Labor Day weekend.
August is a house cleaning month for me. It is also, when I do a lot of work to catalog photographs and other material, as well put away files that I have pulled but neglected to put them back in their proper place. There is a lot of flat surface area on top of those file cabinets, if you get my drift. The winner receives a 2017 Purdy ‘s Private Reserve Calendar.
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The other week there was a post Go Exploring and that is what I recently did. One of the sites visited played a major role in Lassen County development, though there is no historical marker and in addition no reference on maps. The initial concept was in 1875, construction began in 1881 and the site was not abandoned until 1917.