Though it sits on a lovely high desert plateau, the Lassen County seat isn’t much of a charmer; it’s a resupply post with a Wal-Mart, a few stop lights and two prisons. Although not a tourist destination in itself, it provides good services for travelers passing through. It lies 35 miles east of Lake Almanor and 85 miles northwest of Reno – and is home to a couple of modest historic sites. The best event in town is the Lassen County Fair, which swings into gear in July.
The restored Susanville Railroad Depot, south of Main St, off Weatherlow St, sits beside the terminus of the Bizz Johnson Trail.
The town’s oldest building, Roop’s Fort (1853), is named after Susanville’s founder, Isaac Roop. The fort was a trading post on the Nobles Trail, a California emigrant route. The town itself was named after Roop’s daughter, Susan.