Roop's Fort

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Roop's Fort
Roop's Fort.jpg
Roop's Fort in 2013
Roop's Fort is located in California
Roop's Fort
Roop's Fort is located in the US
Roop's Fort
Location N. Weatherlow St., Susanville, California
Coordinates 40°25′8″N 120°39′20″W / 40.41889°N 120.65556°W / 40.41889; -120.65556Coordinates: 40°25′8″N 120°39′20″W / 40.41889°N 120.65556°W / 40.41889; -120.65556
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1854
Architectural style Log Cabin
NRHP Reference # 74000516[1]
CHISL # 76[2]
Added to NRHP May 2, 1974

Roop's Fort, also known as Roop's Trading Post, Fort Defiance, and Roop House, is a historic building in Susanville, California. The building, which was built in 1854 by Isaac Roop, was the first building built by white settlers in Lassen County. The fort was originally a trading post for westbound migrants and was the first post west of Fort Hall in Idaho. The building also served as the capitol of the short-lived Nataqua Territory, a territory created in 1856 to avoid California tax collectors. The territory was incorporated into Roop County, Nevada, named for Isaac Roop, in 1861. California and Nevada entered into a border dispute known as the Sagebrush War over the Susanville area in 1863, and Roop's Fort served as a fort for the Nevadans during the skirmish. California won the war, and Roop's Fort became part of Lassen County in 1864.[3]

It is a California Historical Landmark (#76), and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Roop's Fort". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  3. ^ Amesbury, Robert H. (February 12, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Roop's Fort" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 

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