The Mammoth Trees of Calaveras
.back to California
& Nevada page
by J. M. Hutchings.
An excerpt from Hutchings' larger work, Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity in
California, centering just on this bigtree grove to show how early tourists traveled
there by river steamer and stagecoach. We hear of early attempts to exploit the grove's
wonders by cutting the bark from the giants and shipping it to the East for exhibition, a
move widely deplored by the abundant tree-lovers of that time. Also tells of the efforts
to cut down one of the huge and tall trees, using a stump as a dance floor for 32 people,
and putting a bowling lane along a fallen trunk. Our author had been deeply involved in
the tourist movement, having led the first tourist party into nearby Yosemite, operating a
hotel there, and publishing the California Magazine. Illustrations from period sources. 24 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-050-8. Order #:
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