This is likely John Muir’s earliest drawing of a Giant Sequoia (albeit a dead one).

It is believed to have come from Muir’s 1869 visit to the Tuolumne Grove that is documented in My First Summer in the Sierra.

A tunnel was bored through this snag in 1878, and visitors could drive through it until 1962, when this section of Big Oak Flat Road was diverted.

For more information...

Read King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature, 2015 by William C. Tweed.

First Drawing of Sequoia