Westwood, California

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Westwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lassen County, California, United States. Westwood is located 20 miles (32 km) west-southwest of Susanville,[2] at an elevation of 5128 feet (1563 m).[1] The population was 1,998 at the 2000 census.

The BNSF Railway (BNSF) has a Maintenance of Way station and a siding that is used to store BNSF snow fighting equipment.

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Geography

Westwood is located at 40°18′22″N 121°00′21″W / 40.30611°N 121.00583°W / 40.30611; -121.00583.[1] The town is built upon lavaflows from Cascade Mountain Range volcanos to the north. These lavaflows ran up against much older mountains just south of Westwood - Keddie Ridge. Keddie Ridge is considered to be at the northern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range - so Westwood falls pretty much right on the boundary of these two massive ranges - which taken together run from Mexico to Canada.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²), of which, 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.36%) is water.

History

Westwood became the operations center for the Red River Lumber Company in 1913.[2] The first post office opened the same year.[2] It's interesting to note that Westwood had a very large indoor shopping mall as far back as the 1930's, as well as a large theater, skating rink and club for the mill workers. The town was sold in 1944 to the Fruit Growers Supply Company, today known as part of Sunkist.[3]

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