The Proposed Yosemite National Park--treasures &
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by John Muir.
Perhaps the most important writing Muir ever did, for here he proposed a national park,
which was soon established. He and his editor had hatched the scheme around a Tuolumne
Meadows campfire, and so Muir became known as the "Father of Yosemite National
Park." The writing is mostly descriptive, in Muir's magnificent style, covering the
grand scenes, waterfall explorations, storm flooding, sequoias, glaciers, Hetch Hetchy
Valley, and more. An included map shows Muir's proposed park boundaries, larger than
today's, as one might imagine, for there was controversy about taking too much mineral
land from potential production. Also shown is the watershed of the Yosemite Valley, as a
major purpose of the new park was to protect the waterfalls of Yosemite Valley from
upstream lumbering and sheep-grazing. At that time, Yosemite Valley was under state
operation and the new park would not affect that; later, however, the valley was returned
to federal management and the present park achieved its wholeness. Foreword by former
Yosemite Chief Park Naturalist.
Reprinted from 1890, with period engravings. 32 pages.
Order #: VIST0003 paper$3.95
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