History of the Sierra Nevada / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520253957
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 795,797
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


The Sierra Nevada     1
Indians of the Sierra Nevada     11
Spanish Discovery and Exploration     15
Jedediah Smith and the First Crossing of the Sierra     23
Joseph Walker and Zenas Leonard     31
The First Immigrants and their Struggles     41
Fremont's Wanderings     53
Gold and the Way to the Mines     65
Mariposa and Yosemite     71
Big Trees     83
Opening of the Passes     93
The Central Pacific Railroad     107
A Scene of Wonder and Curiosity     117
The Whitney Survey     129
Clarence King's Mountaineering     145
John Muir and the Range of Light     155
Mount Whitney     173
Further Exploring and Climbing     189
National Parks and Forests     201
The Sierra Club and the High Sierra     217
Utilization and Recreation     239
Envoy     246
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