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This Day in Susanville History – August 24th, 1950

The remains of the Hotel Amedee in the 1930's Photo courtesy of Lorraine Forrester-Hansen

Amedee Townsite Sold for Taxes
August 24th, 1950

The old townsite of Amedee, covering 643 lots, or about 60 acres, was sold for $3,215 Thursday at the tax delinquent land sale at the court house in Susanville.

The historic old town, which in its heyday was a narrow-gauge railroad terminal and beautiful resort village with 300 to 400 inhabitants, on the shores of Honey Lake, was sold to Jack and Margaret Humphrey of Milford.

The Humphreys already were the owners of much of the hot spring area.

Other Lassen county land which went for a pittance Thursday included 524 lots at Spalding’s Eagle Lake subdivision which sold for from 10 cents to $20 a lot. About eight lots were sold at Juniper Lake, 4,100 acres near Ravendale and 12 lots at Bieber.

About 4,260 acres of land were sold, not counting city land which included 259 lots in the Indian Heights addition sold to Richard Castneleas of Susanville.

Some lots on North Pine street, Inspiration Point area, were sold to Elmer Riley.

A total of $4,950 was realized by the county from the sale. “Very good for the type of land we were selling,” C. D. Mathews, county treasurer, declared.


The Hotel Amedee in its heyday, ca.1885


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Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
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