A Rival of the Yosemite:
of the South Fork of Kings River, California
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portrait of John Muir, conservationist, naturalist, writer,
by John Muir.
As they had at Yosemite, Muir and his editor launched a campaign to get Kings Canyon
set aside as a national park (some wanted to call it John Muir National Park), advising
the law-givers to "make haste before it is too late". This writing was to be the
stimulus. The park was not established, however, until 1940, when it was called Kings
Canyon National Park. Muir's text is primarily descriptive, but as usual he includes
personal adventures, in this case including a close encounter with a grizzly bear.
Arguments for establishing the park are included, such as blocking grazing, lumbering, and
mining. Text was reviewed by former Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Chief Park
Naturalist and foreword is by former Yosemite Chief Park Naturalist. Period engravings, with map showing proposed park boundary. 24 pages.
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