Tag Archives: Honey Lake Valley


Board of Equalization Assessment Map of Amedee
Board of Equalization Assessment Map of Amedee

Amedee and Hayden Hill are two interesting Lassen County communities that no longer exist. Each one went through boom and bust cycles, for Amedee it was the railroads for Hayden Hill it was mining.

Amedee’s lifespan was brief. By 1892 its population was equal to that of Susanville. By the 1920s its population had dwindled to one or two, that being the caretakers of the McKissick Cattle Company who owned the majority of the town. The Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad that created the town, in certain aspect also killed the town. In between, however, with an agricultural boom and the Fernley & Lassen Railroad did briefly rejuvenate the community.  In the near future, we will explore the many facets of Amedee.

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Secret Valley Paiutes

Secret Valley, as seen from the lower end of Secret Valley.
Secret Valley, as seen from the lower end of Secret Valley.

The Paiutes of Honey Lake/Secret Valleys were known as the Wadatkut.

The Secret Valley band consisted of 20-30 people. Ike Northrup who passed away in 1953, is one of the best known members of this tribe.

In the summer they made their home at the north end of Secret Valley, near the old McKissick Ranch, near Karlo. In the winter, they would relocate in the Honey Lake Valley, east of Litchfield. By the late 1890s,  some members of tribe would find seasonal employment there on the nearby Gibson Ranch.

For more information see Francis Riddell’s  Honey Lake Valley, Paiute Ethnology,  Nevada State Museum, Occasional Papers No. 3, 1978 . Riddell grew up in the Honey Lake Valley during the 1930s, as his father was hired to work on plans for the troubled Bly Tunnel at Eagle Lake. While attending school at Missouri Bend, Francis found arrowheads in the school yard and that was the beginning of his career in archaeology.

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Inspiration Point Tour Update

Downtown Susanville 1894
Notice the tall pines that once adorned the Inspiration Point Bluff. On the tour you will learn what happened to them. Susanville’s Main Street, 1894. Courtesy of Ivor Langiar.

Since I am in early stages of recovery, it is too difficult to plan anything, since I have no idea when I will be home.

In the good news department, in between physical therapy I have drafted out the talk. Topics include, but not limited to Lake Lahontan and the difficulties of mining on Diamond Mountain. They are all inter-related.

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Honey Lake Valley & the Civil War

Tanner Ranch
Tanner Ranch, with Skedaddle Mountain in the background

The far west was certainly not immune to the various political/social impacts of the nation’s Civil War.

In future posts we will be exploring numerous events and conflicts that transpired locally influenced by the Civil War.

Take for instance, there was once a district in the region known as the Honey Lake Valley known as the Tule Confederacy, as large contigent of settlers were southern sympathizers. Yet, by 1900, the term had been shortened to the Tules. In the last few generations this term, too, has faded away. Some may also heard the region known as Seven Bridges.

Lastly, as a final remnant is Skedaddle Mountain. It was so named by a term the southerners of the Civil War used to “flee.”

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