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August Topics

Camp 38
Camp 38, Red River Lumber Company, 1922. Courtesy of R.S. Pershing

Due to a variety of issues, such as the Dodge fire, the proposed listing for August has undergone numerous changes. First and foremost, the paid subscribers requests receive priority. As soon as I finish those topics such as Susanville’s Bordellos, the R.J. Scott affair, Susanville Coca Cola Bottling Works and the Secret Valley Paiutes, I will take care of the other requests, such as McClelland Ranch which has been moved from August 21 to September 29. In the meantime, enjoy the surprises.

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2015 Summer Solstice Update

The site looking towards the sunrise chamber, June 2, 2015
The site looking towards the sunrise chamber, June 2, 2015

On Sunday morning [June 21, 2015] about a dozen subscribers were determined to rise early to witness the summer solstice at Belfast—best known for its petroglyphs. However, it is known internationally among those in archeoastronomy field. Upon our arrival, were a group of three from San Francisco who had the same intentions. Continue reading 2015 Summer Solstice Update

The Gold Rush of 1907


The winter of 1906-07 was a fairly went one, though not a record breaker. It was remember most for the brutal month of March. The Honey Lake Valley region witnessed heavy rains and snow that month—12 to 18 inches worth depending where one was located.

All that precipitation brought about a few side effects. First there was a lot of soil erosion. This exposed a lot of minerals never seen before. With a mining bonanza under way throughout Nevada, local prospectors went in search of a new mother lode. Gold was being found in the most unusual places. The Indians panned for gold on Bass Hill in a what is normally a dry ravine that feeds Sugro Reservoir (located across the entrance of the Bass Hill Landfill in case you were not aware it has a name). Gold mining was done at the head of Rice Canyon, as well as Shafffer Mountain. As a matter of fact it was reported that nearly all of Shaffer had been claimed for mining. However, when summer arrived and with no major discoveries, the mining excitement faded as quickly as it had begun.

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Old Lucy

Old Lucy
Old Lucy

On September 29, 1929 Old Lucy a colorful character on the streets of Susanville passed away, purportedly at the age of 125. While she best known as Old Lucy, she also had another Anglo name, Sally Norman. Dubbed a “picturesque” Native American of the era, she was a familiar sight as she ambled about Susanville, bundled up in numerous clothes, walking with the aid of a stick. People who knew her back in the 1870s considered her old back then. While her age was exaggerated when she died, documents placed her age at around 100.