Loomis Museum, Lassen Volcanic National Park

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The Loomis Museum, also known as the Loomis Visitor Center, the Manzanita Lake Visitor Center and the Manzanita Lake Museum, was built by Benjamin Franklin Loomis in 1927 near Manzanita Lake, just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, USA. Loomis was a local homesteader and photographer who documented the 1915 eruptions of Lassen Peak, and was instrumental in the 1916 establishment of the national park. In 1929 Loomis donated the museum and 40 acres (16 ha) of surrounding lands to the National Park Service, which since then has used the structure as an interpretational facility.
Loomis had desired that the headquarters of the new park be established at Manzanita Lake, but an alternate site was chosen by the Park Service. Loomis and his wife Estella started building their own museum to exhibit photographs taken by Loomis and others, as well as geological exhibits and artifacts of local Native Americans. The building was dedicated on July 4, 1927 as the Mae Loomis Memorial Museum, named after their only child, Luisa Mae Loomis, who had died in 1920.
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  • It is small museum, but it’s packed with artifacts and photos of the the Lassen Volcano. It is close to several easy trails too. 
    It is small museum, but it’s packed with artifacts and photos of the the Lassen Volcano. It is close to several easy trails too.  more »
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  • Rich historical information. I love where I live! Shasta County
  • I enjoyed the Loomis Museum and the surrounding Manzanita Lake and Lily Pond Trails. The exhibits, signs and 20 min introductory film at the museum were very helpful in describing the site. Both Trails were great especially the very scenic Manzanita Lake Trail

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