Peter Lassen

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In the 1840's, Peter Lassen promoted the Applegate-Lassen Trail that led from the current day Rye Patch Reservoir to Rabbit Hole Spring and then to the Black Rock Springs and then on to his ranch in northern California. The route led pioneers many miles out of their way. There was very little water at Rabbit Hole and no water from Rabbit Hole to Black Rock Springs. Lassen and Edward Clapper were murdered in 1859 in the Black Rock Range.

The Oregon-California Trails Association places the Lassen-Clapper murder site at T38N R26E S7 NE1/4,[1] (41°12'38.11"N 119° 3'2.28"W). Note that the grave site is not on Clapper Creek[2], it is in a small canyon south of Clapper Creek.


  1. "Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails," Randy Brown and Reg Duffin, 1989.
  2. Clapper Creek


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