History of the Sierra Nevada

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University of California Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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From the time it was sighted by Spanish explorers in the eighteenth century through the creation of the John Muir trail, the building of the Hetch Hetchy Dam, and the founding of the Sierra Club, the great snowy range of California has provided fulfillment to generations of trappers, immigrants, engineers, naturalists, and tourists. Now a mountaineering classic, this pioneering book was the first to synthesize into a single, riveting narrative all of the varied aspects of human endeavor related to the history of the Sierra Nevada. Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, the book continues to be indispensable for any lover of the high country.
  

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Great overview of the pertinent history of the Sierra Nevada, from the beginning of European . The discussions of John Muir can get a little cloying, as reflects Muir's singular status in the Sierra Club (Mr. Farquhar was persident of the Sierra Club during the '30's and '40's). But don't let that put you off. The book is an engrossing and fun read, with many facts and placenames that will resonate with anyone who has spent time in the Sierras. 

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Very informative and well written. I have an upcoming trip to the high sierras and although it is from the 1960's it is relevant and gave me so much insight into the history and geology of the area. Read full review

Contents

THE SIERRA NEVADA I
11
SPANISH DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION
15
JEDEDIAH SMITH AND THE FIRST CROSSING OF THE SIERRA
23
JOSEPH WALKER AND ZEN AS LEONARD
31
THE FIRST IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR STRUGGLES
41
Fremonts wanderings
53
gold and the way to the mines
65
mariposa and yosemite
71
Mount Langley False Mount Whitney
152
john muir and the range of light
155
Glacier on Mount Ritter from a sketch by John Muir
165
mount whitney
173
Mount Whitney from Lone Pine
178
further exploring and climbing
189
Phimister Proctor on Half Dome in 1884
193
national parks and forests
201

big trees
83
opening of the passes
93
the central pacific railroad
107
a scene of wonder and curiosity i 17
117
the whitney survey
129
Summit of Mount Hoffmann
139
clarence kings mountaineering
145
the sierra club and the high sierra
217
William E Colby
219
utilization and recreation
239
Envoy
246
Detailed maps of the Sierra Nevada 250254
250
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About the author (2007)

Francis P. Farquhar (1887-1974) was a renowned mountaineer, former president of the Sierra Club, and author of several guidebooks to the Sierra Nevada. Mt. Francis Farquhar in Kings Canyon National Park is named in his honor.

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