About the Society

Take a trip back through Susanville’s history at the Lassen Historical Museum on Weatherlowmuseum Street. The state-of-the-art research and preservation facility houses 160 years of relics related to the history of the Honey Lake Valley.

Rare photos, Susanville ephemera and case after case of unique items from the archives help sketch out the history of the area from the days of the gold rush forward.

Adjacent to the museum is Roop’s Fort, the oldest structure in town, built in 1854 as a trading post and ranch on the emigrant trail.

The cabin is also known as Fort Defiance for the singular role it played in the Sagebrush War of 1863. During the three day conflict Susanville residents fortified themselves in defense against a force from Plumas County. Roop’s cabin looks over Paiute Creek and Memorial Park, where thousands of emigrants camped in wagon trains on their way to the gold fields in the 1850’s and 1860’s.


Board Members
Tony Jonas President
Edith Summers Vice President
Lynda Alberico Treasurer
Susan Couso Secretary
Bob Bengard Board Member
Janet Corey Board Member
Jeremy Couso Board Member
Jerry Gibbs Board Member
Marka Hemphill Board Member
Jean Weir Board Member

Lassen Historical Museum
115 N. Weatherlow Street
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-3292


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