Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:40PM
Jo Giessner

AKA:   Little Hot Spring Valley

Located in the extreme southwest corner of Modoc County, surrounded by mountains on the north and west and lava beds on the south and west. Early settlers were the Gooch, Lorenzen, Oiler, and Schneider families.

"The first post office was established in 1888 by Peter Lorenzen, known as the Day Post Office. The mail was carried from the Juniper Post Office to Day by carrier twice weekly, Tuesdays and Saturdays. When the toll road was not used anymore, the Juniper Post Office was closed so the mail came from Pitville here. The Day office was closed a few years ago, and route service is used." - Phoebe Lorenzen (1965)

DAY (Modoc Co.) was a 4th class post office established 29 June 1888 with Peter Lorenzen as the first Postmaster. it was discontinued 15 October 1925, then re-established 22 September 1926. The post office was discontinued for good on 31 August 1953 and the service moved to Pitville in Shasta County.

Named for Nathaniel H. Day, a pioneer rancher, the P O was located 16 miles W of Lookout and 16 miles N of Pitville.

1888 June 28, Peter Lorenzen, Postmaster.

1921 July 30, Ellen Lorenzen, Postmaster.

1926 September 22, Miss Sylvia F. Lorenzen, Postmaster.

1932 July 30, Mrs. Phoebe A. Lorenzen, Postmaster.

1932 September 7, Mrs. Sylvia F. Totten, Postmaster.

1932 November 1, Mrs. Phoebe A. Lorenzen, Pstmaster.

JUNIPER (Lassen Co.) was a 4th class post office established 8 May 1888 and discontinued 15 August 1903. It was re-established 12 November 1924 and discontinued for good on 30 Nov 1934 when the service was moved to Pitville, Shasta Co.

The Juniper Trees growing at the site motivated the name. Juniper was 10 miles SW of Bieber per the Postal Route Map. The first postmaster was Frank I. Brown.

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