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Images from Susanville’s Past Featured in Reminisce Magazine

Readers of Reminisce Magazine, a national publication dedicated to a nostalgic view of days gone by in America, were treated to some neat pictures of Susanville’s past in the magazine’s August/September issue. For Susanville residents, and former residents who remember the town well, it was a trip back down memory lane to a simpler time.

The photos of Susanville’s 1946 Boy Scout Soap Box Derby on Main Street were featured both on the cover of the magazine and in their story on the history of soap box racing across the country.

Former Susanville residents across the country were surprised to see their hometown featured on the cover. Robert Ramey, a Susanville native who lived here during the 1930’s and 1940’s and now lives in Oklahoma, said, “You have reminded me of just how great a life I had growing up in Susanville.”

How did the magazine piece come about? These photos are part of a small collection of medium-format negatives from Eastman Studios that reside with the Lassen Historical Society at the Susanville Historical Museum. The digitized images were featured here on SusanvilleStuff and the magazine contacted the Historical Society for their cover story.

An artist colorized one of the photos for the cover of the magazine bringing it to life in a way that hadn’t been done before. There were also three other photos from the derby that the magazine did not use. We’ve included all of the originals here for your viewing pleasure.

Can you identify any of the people in these photos? We would love to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] to help us put names with faces. At a later date we will publish the photos again with as many names as we can find.

Thanks to the Lassen Historical Society and Reminisce Magazine for sharing Susanville history with the rest of the world.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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