The Chimney

The Chimney (HM18XW)

Location: Susanville, CA 96130 Lassen County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 19.472', W 120° 56.242'

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Built in late 1920's as a Chevron Service Station, it was purchased in 1935 by the Tunisons who added the bar & restaurant with the fireplace. In Dec., 1942 bartender Ray Bollengier was shot and killed by an angry patron. The building burned in 1960 but the chimney remained much as it looks today. It is the icon of Westwood charitable group The Chimney Fund. On Christmas Eve there's a tradition to gather at the chimney, start a roaring fire, sing Christmas carols & toast those who have gone to the golden hills. The rumors that it was a dance hall and bordello and why it burned down have not been confirmed.
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I Saw The Marker

My daughter and I drove by this marker completely by chance yesterday, and we stopped when she asked to read the sign. Very interesting. We took photos, which I'll post, and would love to know any additional information anyone has to share about the site.

Jul 11, 2016 at 8:02pm PDT by thezsdad

HM NumberHM18XW
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2010
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, The Vigilantes Chapter No. 1911 & The Chimney Fund
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 10:27am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 675235 N 4465819
Decimal Degrees40.32453333, -120.93736667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 19.472', W 120° 56.242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 19' 28.32" N, 120° 56' 14.52" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5823 Unnamed Road, Susanville CA 96130, US
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