History of the Sierra Nevada

Farquhar, Francis P.

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Berkeley. 1965. University of California Press. 1st American Edition with Eratta slip. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With Some Tears and A Small Piece Missing From The Top Back. 30. 262 pages. hardcover. keywords:. inventory # 24129. FROM THE PUBLISHER - From the moment it was sighted by Spanish explorers in the eighteenth century, the ‘great snowy range’ of California has provided both challenge and fulfillment to generations of trappers, emigrants, engineers, sportsmen, and tourists. And here, for the first time, is presented a synthesis of all their experiences as they relate to the Sierra Nevada. The growth of geographical knowledge is traced from Spanish times, through the explorations of American trappers and the struggles of the overland emigrants, to the government surveys and the more intensive exploring and mountaineering of recent times. Jedediah Smith makes the first crossing of the Sierra. Other routes are scouted and the first wagon road is built. The transcontinental railroad is constructed. For the first time white men see the wonders of Yosemite and the Big Trees. The author gives the pageant a new treatment by recourse to original sources such as contemporary diaries and newspapers. A mountain climber himself, he examines and analyzes the classic writings of Clarence King and John Muir in relation to the scenes of their exploits. He tells the story of Mount Whitney, highest mountain in the United States outside of Alaska, with a fullness that includes accounts of its earliest ascents, its first ascent by a woman, its use as a station for scientific observations, and the conquest of the precipitous East Face by modern mountaineering techniques. He considers the Sierra’s economic and recreational utilization - livestock grazing, lumbering, water resources, camping, mountaineering, and skiing. Mining is treated only occasionally, for the author is dealing largely with the upper regions of the range and, as he expresses it, tries to avoid sliding down into the foothills. In addition to his consecutive account of what has taken place in the Sierra since its discovery, Mr. Farquhar thoroughly examines the events and the character of those who participated in them; he corrects numerous errors and reappraises such figures as John C. Fremont, Josiah Dwight Whitney, and Clarence King. John Muir is shown to be the true champion of the Sierra, a leader unexcelled in the interpretation of its features and the conservation of its values. The book is illustrated by drawings, original photographs, and maps specially drawn to assist the reader. The end of each chapter has amplifying notes and references for those interested in further pursuit of a subject. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With Some Tears and A Small Piece Missing From The Top Back. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: History of the Sierra Nevada
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1965
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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