Susanville Travel Guide

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    Susanville's old railroad depot

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 20, 2005

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    This was the Susanville rail station, on the Fernley and Lassen Rail Line. Now out of service, the old railroad tracks have been converted into a long hiking trail called the Bizz Johnson Trail. The depot has a small museum and visitor information center.

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    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 20, 2005

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    This local museum has many of the usual exhibits of pioneer and Gold Rush life. It was the scene of the so-called Sagebrush War. In 1863, residents of Lassen and Plumas counties had a violent confrontation over land and taxes. It ended with an innocent bystander being killed. Afterwards, the belligerent parties adjourned to the nearby Pioneer Cafe, where they negotiated a peace settlement.

    The saloon, in downtown Susanville, remains open to this day.

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Susanville Warnings and Dangers

  • by frnkconstantino Written Jan 9, 2008

    Because there are two state prisons in Susanville, be aware that many of the folks walking around town, cooking your food at restaurants, and standing next to you at the market are either parolees, ex-convicts, or families of ex-convicts. Also, there is a significant population of child molesters in town. NEVER leave your child unattended in your car, or at the park! (common sense, but some folks don't have common sense). BTW, the home-grown, local citizens are wonderful and friendly: ranchers, blue-collar workers and correctional officers... just remember: if the fellow standing next to you has tattoos on his head and neck, probably just got out of the joint!

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Susanville Off The Beaten Path

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    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 20, 2005

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    Peter Lassen was a Danish-born explorer who led many pioneers to a new life in California. He was killed by Indians in 1859, in the Black Rock Desert. His grave rests on that very spot. Located just outside Susanville. Ask at the Visitors Center for directions.

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  • by RogerPatterson Updated Jan 29, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you can still access it, and if somebody will give you directions, go up and look out upon the entire Honey Lake Valley from Inspiration Point. It offers some really breath-taking views.
    In the spring and Summer it is green and beautiful.
    Awe inspiring when the ground is covered with snow.

    Fondest memory: The clean fresh air, the stars at night, and knowing most everybody who lived within five miles of the town, because I grew up in a Plumbing Shop: Milwood Plumbing Co. at 2314 Main Street. Our first phone number that I remember was "11." You had put the hearing piece to your ear and speak into the standing microphone so you could ask the operator to connect your call. The operator often times knew your voice and called you by name. Then the number changed to "11-R."
    Next it was "2115." The phone company added dial phone access then 257 was added to all the local numbers so it became 257-2115.
    About that time, 1956 (I think), cable TV was delivered to Susanville. I reckon it's still there. Different wire though.

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