Susanville was founded in 1853 as Rooptown, by pioneer Isaac Roop, and renamed for his daughter Susan in 1857. Located at the northwest end of the Honey Lake Valley, it served as somewhat of a final stopover before entering the rugged Sierra Nevadas and Fredonyer pass, over which awaited California's fertile Central Valley. Susanville has historically been a ranching, mining, and logging town, and over the last few decades has come to host one of the largest prison complexes in the US.
Visitors often note the rather large width of Main Street, which is also US Highway 36 - its origins come the large freight wagon trains and horse teams. These long teams, often hauling timber or other heavy freight, needed to be able to turn around, and the town has maintained its Old West dimensions.
Uptown Susanville is both charming and interesting, hosting many historic buildings and fanstastic small businesses.
Historic Uptown Susanville
Johnson Shoes is located just a few doors west of Lassen Ale Works. This family-owned and operated shop carries a great selection of work boots and shoes, along with walking shoes and comfortable but fashionable shoess for men and women. Plus they havsev insoles, socks and Ugg brand fleece slippers and boots.
Lassen Ale Works is proud to share the Pioneer Mercantile building with No. 7 Antiques featuring unique finds, gifts and vintage and rustic decor.
Our closest neighbor to the west is Margie’s Book Nook, a independent bookstore with a broad and always changing selection of new and used titles. If they don’t have it in stock, they can usually find it for you. They specialize in local history, natural history, games and puzzles and offer a selection of cards and gifts. Visit David and Margie at 722 Main St.
There is a terrific thrift store in Uptown Susanville, located just down the street from Lassen Ale Works at 732 Main St. Nu 2 U sets a new standard for second-hand shops: it is clean, orderly and it smells great! And the shop supports a great cause–supporting foster care youth as they move out on their own.They accept gently used items and have an ever changing selection of great clothing and household items.
Especially if you're visiting, do consider spending an hour or two strolling along Uptown - it's a fun adventure, with lots of wonderful people and discoveries waiting for you.