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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 16, 1894

Looking towards Bass Hill from the road between Susanville and Janesville in 1898.

Susanville Rabbit Drive
April 16, 1894

Yesterday the first rabbit drive took place. About 500 men, ladies, boys and Indians were on hand for the drive.

A pair of wings one mile each in length were stretched and the drive began. A strip of ground two miles wide and three in length was drove over and nearly 2,000 of the pests corralled, and meet the fate of all transgressors on Leavitt’s ranch.

There would have been more killed, but the lack of proper management of the ground greatly helped the poor jacks to escape. It was estimated that one half of the rabbits escaped.

There will be regular drives each week for some time to come.

Farmers are seeding and the outlook so far is all that they want for good crops – plenty of snow on the hills for irrigating for the season.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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