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Susanville is the county seat of Lassen County, California, United States. Susanville is located on the Susan River in southern part of the county, at an elevation of 4186ft. The population was 17,974 at the 2010 census, up from 13,541 at the 2000 census. Susanville, a former logging and mining town, is the site of the High Desert State Prison, California and California Correctional Center. High Desert State Prison, a maximum-security facility, opened in 1995; the California Correctional Center, a minimum-medium security facility, opened in 1963. The prisons and their effects on the community were featured on the PBS documentary, Prison Town, USA.GeographySusanville is located at. The elevation of Susanville is approximately 4258ft above sea level. It is considered a gateway city to Reno on U.S. Route 395.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.0 square miles (20.8 km²), of which 7.9 square miles (20.5 km²) is land and 1.07% is water.Eagle Lake is located 15mi north of the town.HistorySusanville was named after Susan Roop, daughter of Isaac Roop, an early settler. The present name was adopted in 1857. The Susanville post office was founded in 1860. Susanville was incorporated in 1900.
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