Appleton's Illustrated Hand-book of American Summer Resorts: With ... Tables of Railway and Steamboat Fares

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D. Appleton, 1894 - Canada - 198 pages
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Page 174 - Rivers; thence east to the place of beginning is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people...
Page 129 - The banks of the strait (Detroit) are vast meadows, and the prospect is terminated with some hills covered with vineyards, trees bearing good fruit, groves and forests, so well disposed, that one would think nature alone could not have made without the help of art so charming a prospect.
Page 158 - Boling, in pursuit of a band of predatory Indians, who made it their stronghold, considering it inaccessible to the whites. By an act of Congress passed in 1864, the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees were granted to the State of California upon the express condition that they shall be kept " for public use, resort, and recreation," and shall be
Page 158 - Yo-Semite, throughout its whole length ; but besides these, there are many other striking peculiarities and features, both of sublimity and beauty, which can hardly be surpassed, if equalled, by those of any mountain valleys in the world.
Page 158 - ... in the world. Either the domes or the waterfalls of the Yosemite, or any single one of them even, would be sufficient in any European country to attract travellers from far and wide in all directions. Waterfalls in the vicinity of the Yosemite, surpassing in beauty many of those best known and most visited in Europe, are actually left entirely unnoticed by travellers, because there are so many other objects of interest to be visited that it is impossible to find time for them all.
Page 161 - There are eight distinct patches or groves of the Big Trees, — or nine, if we should consider the Mariposa trees as belonging to two different groups, which is hardly necessary, inasmuch as there is only a ridge half a mile in width separating the upper grove from the lower. The eight groves are, in geographical order from north to south : first, the Calaveras ; second, the Stanislaus ; third, Crane Flat and Merced ; fourth, Mariposa ; fifth, Fresno; sixth, King's and Kaweah Rivers; seventh, North...
Page 89 - ... soon, however, forgets the mountain beneath him, in the absorbing beauties before him. For it is not a barren unenlivened plain on which his eye rests: but a rich alluvial valley, geometrically diversified in the summer with grass, corn, grain, and whatever else laborious industry has there reared. On the west, and a little elevated above the general level, the eye turns with delight to...
Page 54 - ... extending quite across the chasm, the water retiring to the left, and being hid from the eye by intervening prominences. But in freshets, or after heavy rains, it pours over from the one side of the chasm to the other in a proud amber sheet. A pathway to this has been blasted, at a considerable expense, under an overhanging rock, and around an extensive projection, directly beneath which rages and roars a most violent rapid. Here some, unaccustomed to such bold scenery, have been intimidated,...
Page 72 - Near the summit of the mountain is the " Devil's Den," a cave about 15 ft. high, 20 wide, and 20 deep. Gibbs Falls is the name of one of the cascades reached by a walk of half-an-hour from the hotel along the aqueduct by which it is supplied with water. The...

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