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This Day in Susanville History – June 23rd, 1950

Looking west from Main and Grand, ca.1900

Susanville’s Golden Jubilee
Whole Town Ready for Weekend Fete
June 23rd, 1950

All is in readiness for the gala celebration of Susanville’s 50th anniversary as an incorporated city, to be held here this weekend.

Launching the event is a Golden Jubilee Sale, as the contribution of Susanville merchants to the big birthday event.

The opening ceremony of the Jubilee will mark the historic significance of the celebration. It will be the formal unveiling of the bronze plaque which the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Susanville parlor, have set up outside Roop’s Fort, the first building to be erected on the site of the city of Susanville.

Med and Carl Arnold, grand sons of Gov. Isaac Roop who founded the mythical state of Nataqua and was prepared to defend his ideas with war if necessary, during the bloodless “Sagebrush” war at the fort, will be present to unveil the plaque.

Roop named Susanville after his daughter, Susan, who married A.T. Arnold, and was the mother of Med and Carl.

J.A. Pardee, whose father was one of the signers of the petition which began proceedings to make Susanville a city in 1900, will be a featured speaker.

The Susanville Merchants and Alturas baseball game will be played under the new lights Saturday at 8pm, followed by a free dance in Memorial Hall.

Sunday morning at the airport visiting “breakfast flight” airplanes will land, and a breakfast will be prepared for pilots.

Sunday at 11am there will be a free show at Memorial ballpark, starring movie horse, Roy Rogers’ famous Trigger, Jr.

Susanville and Alturas will play another baseball game Sunday at 12:30pm followed by a rodeo at the Lassen County Fairgrounds featuring races, Trigger Jr. and trick riders.

J.E. Pardee is general chairman of the Jubilee.


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 digital copy of every submission will also be donated to the Lassen Historical Society for preservation in their files.


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Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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