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The definitive book on the origin of geographic names in Yosemite National Park. Includes old names, Indian names, fanciful names, and names that won't be missed. The record of who named what and when; quotations from explorers, soldiers, tourists, and rangers; and te peculiar, humorous, or moving events that gave rise to the names on the maps today.
This is the second edition of Yosemite Place Names. The first edition was published in 1988, just as the United States Geological ...
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Overview

The definitive book on the origin of geographic names in Yosemite National Park. Includes old names, Indian names, fanciful names, and names that won't be missed. The record of who named what and when; quotations from explorers, soldiers, tourists, and rangers; and te peculiar, humorous, or moving events that gave rise to the names on the maps today.
This is the second edition of Yosemite Place Names. The first edition was published in 1988, just as the United States Geological Survey was beginning to publish new topographic maps on a scale of 1:24,000. Each of these new maps covers 7.5' of latitude and 7.5' of longitude. Thus there are four 7.5' maps to replace every 15' map. In 1988 only the area of the Devils Postpile 15' map had been covered by the new maps. But by now, the entire United States has been mapped at the scale of 1:24,000. Thus, the majority of the places in this book are now located on maps having different names than they had in the 1988 book.
Some of the information in this volume is derived from my earlier book, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada, published in 1986 by Wilderness Press, Berkeley. For this edition I have found more information, mainly in the Chester Versteeg Papers, at the Bancroft Library. Versteeg (1887–1963) collected a vast amount of data on place names in the Sierra Nevada, much of it by interviewing more than 350 early settlers and residents on both sides of the Sierra. Mount Versteeg in Sequoia National Park was named for Chester in 1964.
"A thorough collection of geographic names. Drawings and early photographs add to the enjoyment of the book. The account of the first tourist group to visit the valley, in 1855, is worth the price of the book alone." (The Sacramento Union.)

Includes 23 historic illustrations, old names, Indian names, bibliography, and two indexes.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015532760
  • Publisher: Great West Books
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 258
  • File size: 3 MB

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