Up and Down California in 1860 1864: The Journal of William H. Brewer

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University of California Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 583 pages
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In 1860 William Brewer, a young Yale-educated teacher of the natural sciences and a recent widower, eagerly accepted an offer from Josiah Whitney to assist in the first geological survey of the state of California. Brewer was not a geologist, but his training in agriculture and botany made him an invaluable member of the team. He traveled more than fourteen thousand miles in the four years he spent in California and spent much of his leisure time writing lively, detailed letters to his brother back East.

These warmly affectionate letters, presented here in their entirety, describe the new state in all its spectacular beauty and paint a vivid picture of California in the mid-nineteenth century. This fourth edition includes a new foreword by William Bright (1500 California Place Names) and a set of maps tracing Brewer's route.
 

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Contents

18601861
3
Los ANGELES AND ENVIRONS
11
MORE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
29
STARTING NORTHWARD
43
THE COAST ROAD
73
SALINAS VALLEY AND MONTEREY
91
AN INTERLUDE
117
NEW IDRIA
135
1863
363
IN AND ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
365
TEJONTEHACHAPIWALKERS PASS
375
THE BIG TREESYOSEMITETUOLUMNE MEADOWS
397
MONO LAKEAURORASONORA PASS
415
To CARSON PASS AND LAKE TAHOE
429
THE NORTHERN MINES AND LASSENS PEAK
451
SISKIYOU
471

NEW ALMADEN
149
APPROACHING THE BAY
169
NAPA VALLEY AND THE GEYSERS
213
THE RAINY SEASON
241
TAMALPAIS AND DIABLO
255
THE DIABLO RANGE SOUTH
275
UP THE SACRAMENTO RIVER
291
MOUNT SHASTA
309
WEST AND EAST OF THE SACRAMENTO
325
CLOSING THE YEARA MISCELLANY
347
CRESCENT CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO
489
1864
503
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEYGIANT SEQUOIAS
505
THE HIGH SIERRA OF KINGS RIVER
517
OWENS VALLEY AND THE SAN JOAQUIN SIERRA
533
THE WASHOE MINES
551
HOMEWARD BOUNDNICARAGUA
561
INDEX
571
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