Louis Christian Death – Louis B. Christian born in 1930 passed away in June 2023. He was pronounced dead after fall in his assisted living facility. The third and only living Christian brother who bought Salmon Lake Lodge has died. His cause of death is linked to the injuries sustained in the tragic fall in his assisted living facility. In 1959, Winslow, Maynard, and Louis bought Salmon Lake Lodge. The family members, friends and Salmon Lake Lodge mourn the death of their beloved Louis Christian.
Louis Christian was the geologist who lived in far distant countries like the Philippines, Libya, Sumatra and eventually Dallas. He came to Salmon Lake every year, and called it home. During their more active years, he and his wife Anneliese owned a home in Sierra City. After tripping and falling at his assisted living home, he passed away yesterday morning. He was able to enjoy himself in the months before to passing away, and we are grateful that we were able to visit him as much as we did while we process the loss.
A longtime favorite, Salmon Lake Resort provides a variety of lodging options. Choose between sleeping in a lakefront cottage, a campsite, or one of our serviced sites in our RV Park. A boat launch, store, and rental shop are also located at Salmon Lake.
About Salmon Lake Lodge
The Coleman House on Gold Lake became a popular vacation spot for locals of Sierra City, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, and Camptonville in the 1850s. They sailed on the lakes, went fishing, and hunting in the area. Simultaneously, Sierra City natives frequented the Buttes for late-night adventures. In order to catch the sunrise, the group rode horses to the foot of the Buttes, where the men climbed to the top and hauled the women up with ropes.
George McGee came to Salmon Lake in 1880 and discovered gold in the nearby mountains. He and his wife set up camp, constructed a log cabin, and erected a Pelton wheel to power a five-stamp mill to process the gold-bearing quartz. Mrs. McGee was quite sensible, and she started a resort business to fund her gold-obsessed husband’s hobby.
On the northeastern edge of the lake, close to where the boathouse is now located, was the original lodge building for McGee’s Resort. There were three main shafts for the McGee mining operation that went into the ridge to the north of Lake. The lakeside path passes across the shafts’ bottom waste areas. Both of the other mines were found higher up and to the east. Donkeys were used to transport the ore down a winding path that led from the lake to the stampmill.
Families from “Down Below” would travel the Western Pacific from the San Francisco Bay Area up the Feather River Canyon to Blairsden for the summer in order to enjoy the resort’s amenities. Perhaps Grandpa could spend a week with the rest of the family. There are some things that never change (besides the fact that Mom and Dad both complain about not getting enough time off).
Indulging Mr. McGee’s pyromania on the Fourth of July, holding regular theme parties (ending in a Grand Masquerade), and Mr. McGee ceremoniously delivering an enormous Forty Niner Flapjack to any child enjoying a birthday breakfast are just a few of the traditions that grew over the years.
Louis Christian obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by family members
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