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 Lassen County California

Lassen County. Organized 1864. Bounded north by Siskiyou, east by the State of Nevada, south by Sierra and Plumas, west by Plumas and Shasta. Area, 4,932 square miles. Assessed valuation of property for 1874, $1,165,271.

County seat, Susanville. Resources, agriculture and grazing. Lassen lies mostly east of the Sierra Nevada, and its features are characteristic of the "Great Basin," being of the mountain slope covered with pine forests, lakes and meadows at the base, and sage brush hills and plains beyond.

Honey Lake, Willow Creek, Horse Lake, Pitt River and Fall River Valleys are most attractive portions, and in them are the principal settlements. The North Fork of Feather River and also Pitt River, being the main sources of the Sacramento, rise in this county. Susan River and Willow Creek are quite important streams, emptying into Honey Lake.

At the head of Susan River is a low pass in the Sierra Nevada, through which a fine wagon road enters the Sacramento Valley at Chico. The trade of the county is usually with the mining localities of Nevada, where its products find a market.

Since the construction of the Pacific Railroad, it is most easily reached by that route via Reno.

Officers: Calvin McClaskey, County Judge; Wright P. Hall, Clerk, Recorder and Auditor; Ephraim V. Spencer, District Attorney; Orlando Streshly, Sheriff and Tax Collector; William H. Crane, Treasurer; Joseph C. Wemple, Assessor; A. A. Smith, Surveyor; Eber G. Bangham, Coroner and Public Administrator; Z. N. Spaulding, Superintendent Public Schools.

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Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875

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