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Pelicans at Eagle Lake, circa 1915. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
Yesterday’s post concerned the abundance of wildlife, a sportsman’s dream of the conditions in 1915. Of course, that was promotional literature aimed at enticing visitors to the region. There was one creature hated by the fishermen—the pelicans. Many believe that pelicans and their appetite for fish are harmful to fisheries. By the 1880s, fishermen at Eagle Lake waged war with the pelicans, to slaughter as many as possible. In 1927, after the enlargement of Lake Almanor, pelicans gathered at that of body of water, too, and endured same hatred that occurred at Eagle Lake.

Fish & Game, 1915

An Eagle Lake “catch,” 1916. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
This is a continuation of excerpts from spring the pamphlet entitled Lucky Land of Lassen that was produced and distributed at the Panama Pacific International Exposition that was held in San Francisco during 1915.

“It is well known fact that Lassen County offers the sportsman the greatest hunting and fishing in the West today. In the mountains are to be found the mule-tail and black-tail deer, grouse, quail and an occasional black or brown bear. In the valleys are to be found the sage hen, quail, doves, ducks, geese, rabbits, etc., and in the mountain streams and lakes one may find ideal fishing, varying from brook trout to black bass, weighing as much as ten pounds.”


Gallatin Beach – Then & Now

A view of Gallatin Beach circa 1918. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
This was not an attempt to take a photograph from the exact area 100 years ago. It is just that one day in June, I was coming down Gallatin Peak, and there was a break in the trees to take a photograph. While the lake did come up several feet this winter, one can see it is no where near its all time high.


South shore, June 9, 2017

Pike’s Point – Eagle Lake

A view of Pike’s Point, Eagle Lake, circa 1917. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
Thought many might enjoy this photograph of the south end of Eagle Lake during its high water mark of 1917-18. This is a part of the Gallatin/Wachhorst collection that I am slowly scanning. As to the origin of the name of Pike’s Point, is unknown to me, but documents indicate that it was so named prior to 1920. The 1979 Pikes Point Archaeological Report did not shed any light on the topic. Now is there any willing takers that want to locate approximately and take photograph of what the view looks like today?


Eagle Lake, 1915

An Eagle Lake ice cave, circa 1916. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst
This spring I wrote about the pamphlet entitled Lucky Land of Lassen that was produced and distributed at the Panama Pacific International Exposition that was held in San Francisco during 1915. At that time, I mentioned that we examine the material, and with that in mind, here is the first of two installments concerning Eagle Lake. The following is the earliest account concerning the lava beds and ice caves.
“To the west of Spalding lies what is known as the ‘Lava Bed county,” about seven miles long and three or four miles wide. This is the wildest region in this section, and excepting the vegetation, it is almost as when the lava first cooled. It is full of caverns, wells and cracks, one of the latter being five miles long and three to twenty feet wide. In one place it has been sounded to a depth of 160 feet and no bottom found. In this crack there is an ice cave where plenty of ice may be obtained any year until August and some years throughout the entire summer.”


Where are we? The answer

Pine Creek, June 9, 2017
The responses were rather interesting with a near split between Pine and Willow Creek. Yes, it is Pine Creek, taken on June 9, 2017 at the bridge on County Road A-1. Prior to the Brockman Flat Law flow of some 125,000 years, Pine and Willow Creeks were one. A portion of this lava flow extends to the east side of the lake near Bly Tunnel. It created a natural dam, and thus Pine Creek began to flood the area known today as Eagle Lake.


Spalding vs. Spaulding

John S. Spalding’s second homestead at Eagle Lake, circa 1919. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst

From time to time, people ask why Spaulding Tract is not spelled as Spalding after the John Spalding family who was the initial developer of the subdivision on Eagle Lake’s west side. It is more of a technical issue involving property title. In essence, there are two Spalding subdivisions. The 1914 subdivision was smaller in scale and never had any financial success, as only one was lot sold. A decade later, the current Spaulding Tract that we know, overlaps sections of the original one, thus the “u” was inserted into the Spalding name to distinguish the two.



Eagle Lake Nature Programs

Pikes Point, Eagle Lake circa 1917. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst

Eagle Lake Nature Programs Presents “Snakes at the Lake with Dr. Amanda Sparkman,” Saturday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. Merrill Amphitheater, County Road A1, Eagle Lake, South Shore. (in the event of rain, event will be postponed or canceled).

Eagle Lake Nature Programs kicks off its 2017 Summer Programs with, “Snakes at the Lake with Dr. Amanda Sparkman.” Dr. Sparkman, of Westmont University in Santa Barbara, California, and currently doing field study at Eagle Lake, has been involved in researching Eagle Lake garter snakes since 2005, but the original study of these snakes began 40 years ago. “We’re interested in the ecology and evolution of these snakes, including how they’ve adapted their growth rates, reproduction, lifespan, and behavior to different habitats surrounding Eagle Lake, as well as how they are responding genetically, physiologically, and demographically to current environmental change.” This year it will be particularly interesting to see how or if the increased precipitation has affected the snakes at all. Continue reading Eagle Lake Nature Programs

Eagle Lake Cabins

R.F. Pray’s Eagle Lake cabin. Courtesy of Wyn Wachhorst

While I have focused a lot on the Gallatins, there were a few other cabins built at the south shore of Eagle Lake, on the handful parcels the Gallatins did not own.  For the record, it should be duly noted that the Gallatins at one time gave consideration of providing cabin sites on a lease basis, but that never transpired. Continue reading Eagle Lake Cabins