Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LoCaL Historian Tim Purdy

We have a LoCaL Historian. You know this, right? If you don’t I am thrilled to be the one to tell you. Tim Purdy's family has been here since 1860, that's a lot of history right there. For the last 40 years he has been sharing the knowledge that can only be gained by doing years of research. He shares it through tours and his daily emails. I have been a subscriber for quite awhile now and highly recommend it! Check out his blog at www.tipurdycom
Here's a list of Tim's upcoming tours~

Saturday May 13 Inspiration Point tour~
This tour is both historical and geological. For instance, Tim tells me that 12,000 years ago the Elks Lodge would have been lakefront property on the great Lake Lahontan. Inspiration Point has a commanding view of the Honey Lake Valley and was our city’s first park and Tim says he is “sure numerous Lassen High Alumni are glad that many of their activities were not recorded.”

Saturday June 17 Mural tour~
Not only does Tim give the history of each mural but also the history of the building it’s on. My favorite link I found on his blog was the LMUD building. It was built in 1940 for one grocery store but now has a mural on the building depicting a rival, Purity Grocery. History with a twist, kinda Twis-tory :)

Wednesday June 21 Summer Solstice Sunrise tour~
This tour takes us to the petroglyphs on Belfast road, here's Tim's description, "Were you aware that the Belfast petroglyph site also serves as ancient observatory? This event only occurs on the morning of the summer solstice when the sun enters a chamber highlighting a variety of glyphs, among other things. It is quite the sight to see. Last year we had a small delegation that made the trek. This is an early morning excursion and I mean early as we gather at 5 a.m. to make the trek. In preparation attendees receive in advance John Rudolph’s paper, An Ancient Solar Observatory."
No. I wasn't even aware we had petroglyphs out there. Doesn’t this sound incredible?! I am so excited to take my favorite photographer/handsome husband on this tour!

Saturday September 16 Susanville Cemetery tour~
This will be in conjunction with the Lassen County Courthouse Centennial and will feature a cross section of county officials buried there.

Tim has subscribers from all over the world. Here’s what one of his followers had to say about the Sunrise Solstice Tour~
"Living in Britain and having not even visited the USA, I find all your posts absolutely fascinating. This is one trek I should love to make were I closer.”

What a positive message Tim sends about our incredibly historic area. Thank you Tim for making us all aware of our Hometown Proud History!

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