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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 17, 1945

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Entrance to Lassen Park in 1925 ~ National Park Service photo

Susanville Asks Assistance From Reno To Secure Federal Aid for Lassen Park
October 17, 1945

Assistance of the Reno Chamber of Commerce was enlisted yesterday by the Susanville Chamber of Commerce in efforts to secure federal funds to purchase privately owned land within borders of Lassen National park which are blocking complete development of the park.

A delegation from Susanville came to Reno yesterday to discuss the proposal and the members were the luncheon guests of the Reno group. J. V. Lloyd, park superintendent for the National Park service explained the project and colored motion pictures showing the many attractions in the park which was created in 1916 were shown.

There are fourteen parcels of privately owned land under the shadow of Mount Lassen, which are so situated that the park service cannot construct roads and do other necessary work to bring the park to full utilization, it was explained. There are but 2,660 acres in the private-owned land while the park contains approximately 100,000 acres.

An act of Congress, directing the park service to buy the privately owned land and appropriate the fund is necessary.

Representative Engle of the California district in which the park is situated plans to introduce the necessary legislation and the Reno Chamber of Commerce directors voted to ask the Nevada congressional delegation to help Representative Engle secure favorable action on the bill.

The park, where skiing on the Fourth of July attracts thousands of enthusiasts, is growing in popularity as a tourist attraction close to Reno and Susanville. The supervisors of the four California counties in which the park is situated want the private land purchased and the California State Chamber of Commerce is assisting in securing favorable action, it was explained.

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