Leavitt, California

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Leavitt, California
Unincorporated community
Leavitt, California is located in California
Leavitt, California
Location of Leavitt in California
Coordinates: 40°23′46″N 120°31′34″W / 40.39611°N 120.52611°W / 40.39611; -120.52611Coordinates: 40°23′46″N 120°31′34″W / 40.39611°N 120.52611°W / 40.39611; -120.52611
Country United States
State California
County Lassen
Elevation[1] 4,104 ft (1,251 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 226986[1]

Leavitt is an unincorporated community in Lassen County, California, United States. It is located alongside the Southern Pacific Railroad 7 miles (11 km) east of Susanville,[2] and 7 miles west of Litchfield, at an elevation of 4,104 feet (1,251 m).[1]

Leavitt was named for Benjamin Hanson Leavitt (1834–1918), a pioneer rancher and lumberman who came from the state of Maine, born to a father who was a Maine farmer and a mother from New Brunswick, Canada, and who settled in Lassen County in 1864.[3] Benjamin Leavitt was a descendant of Samuel Leavitt of Exeter, New Hampshire.

Benjamin Leavitt engineered the Honey Lake Valley irrigation system, including Leavitt Lake.[4] Leavitt also named nearby Clinton, California, for his hometown of Clinton in Kennebec County, Maine.[5] (The town was renamed Leavitt Lake in 1973 when house construction began there.)[6] Benjamin Leavitt was married to Celara Cleveland (Edwards) Leavitt, born in Massachusetts.

A post office at Leavitt was established in October 1914, and named after May F. Leavitt, the first postmaster. It was discontinued in December 1920.[7]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Leavitt, California. Retrieved on 2008-04-14.
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 392. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Fairfield's Pioneer History of Lassen County, California, Containing Everything that Can Be Learned About It from the Beginning of the World to the Year of Our Lord 1870, Asa Merrill Fairfield, Published for the Author by the H.S. Crocker Company, San Francisco, 1916
  4. ^ Lassen County News, Dec. 14, 2004
  5. ^ Bingham, Joseph W. (1916). Cases on the Law of Water Rights. Bobs-Merrill. p. 400. OCLC 2114665.  (Google Books)
  6. ^ Lassen County Office of Education
  7. ^ Salley, Harold E. (1991) History of California Post Offices, 1849–1990, p. 116. The Depot, ISBN 0-943645-27-1