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This Day in Susanville History – July 28th, 1931

July 28th, 1931

Imitating nature at its most spectacular a man made eruption of Lassen Peak, designed as the climax of the dedication of Lassen National park, was only partially successful today when a brisk wind blew the smoke clouds away from the view of spectators.

Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, secretary of the interior, gave the dedicatory address to a group of California and national dignitaries.

Dedication exercises at King’s Creek Meadow, 20 miles from Mineral, were held in a natural amphitheater with Lassen Peak forming a majestic background for the ceremonies.

Following the addresses the crowd turned to the 10,000 foot crater to see it come to life as it did during its violent eruptions of 1914 and 1915.

Smoke clouds rose slowly from the crater as smoke bombs burst high in the air, but despite best efforts they did not rise far before being blown down the opposite side of the great mountain.

Although the daytime smoke attempt failed, the pyrotechnic display planned for the crater tonight is expected to be quite a show.

We are always looking for new pictures to preserve and share in our historical photo collection and we would love to see yours.Your picture will be added to our digital archive for future use and we will make sure you receive credit whenever possible. Email your contribution along with your name and a short description of what you’ve sent to A digital copy of every submission will also be donated to the Lassen Historical Society for preservation in their files.


Don’t know how to scan your photos?

Our friends at the UPS Store have offered to professionally scan your vintage photo submissions for free. Just stop by 2850 Main Street in Susanville and they will be happy to help you.



Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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