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

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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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520238657
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, With Maps
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 737,942
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Maps
Itinerary
Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction
Bk. I 1860-1861
I To California via Panama 3
II Los Angeles and Environs 11
III More of Southern California 29
IV Starting Northward 43
V Santa Barbara 55
VI The Coast Road 73
VII Salinas Valley and Monterey 91
Bk. II 1861
I An Interlude 117
II New Idria 135
III New Almaden 149
IV Approaching the Bay 169
V The Mount Diablo Range 191
VI Napa Valley and the Geysers 213
Bk. III 1862
I The Rainy Season 241
II Tamalpais and Diablo 255
III The Diablo Range South 275
IV Up the Sacramento River 291
V Mount Shasta 309
VI West and East of the Sacramento 325
VII Closing the Year - A Miscellany 347
Bk. IV 1863
I In and About San Francisco 365
II Tejon - Tehachapi - Walker's Pass 375
III The Big Trees - Yosemite - Tuolumne Meadows 397
IV Mono Lake - Aurora - Sonora Pass 415
V To Carson Pass and Lake Tahoe 429
VI The Northern Mines and Lassen's Peak 451
VII Siskiyou 471
VIII Crescent City and San Francisco 489
Bk. V 1864
I San Joaquin Valley - Giant Sequoias 505
II The High Sierra of Kings River 517
III Owens Valley and the San Joaquin Sierra 533
IV The Washoe Mines 551
V Homeward Bound - Nicaragua 561
Index 571
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    Enduring the rigors and capturing the wonders of early California

    The writer allows you to share the experiences of a rugged young dedicated group of scientists on a geological expedition through California. Reading this book will allow you to glimpse California just after the Gold Rush. Brewer gives you insights to rigors of 'camping' year around 'under the stars', hiking in southern California and climbing high mountain peaks in central and northern California. Best of all he describes early California landscapes and the native flora and fauna as it existed between 1860-1864.

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