Authors

John Muir

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Kimes Entry Number

053

Original Date

11-17-1875

William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

"When one comes suddenly out of the woods everything is novel. The wide arching sky, the flowing plains, fields, dogs, horses, oxen ... and even our human beings are regarded with something of the same keeness and freshness of perception that is brought to the study of a new species of wild animal." After relating his meeting teamsters and bear hunters, Muir writes: "Lastly, out here in the smooth Tulare levels I find a group of gentle grangers, that taken all in all, are the most radiant and joyful set of farmers I have yet met in California." He recounts their building the irrigation ditch, their bonanza crops, along with the problems of water rights, and closes by saying that "Irrigation revivals are breaking out all over the glad plains, and wildcat farming is dead."

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San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin

Page/Column

p. 1, col. 4

Summering in the Sierra. Tulare Levels. John Muir Comes Down From the Mountains-Exuberant Farmers-The Story of an Irrigation Ditch-Blessed Ministry of Water. (Special Correspondence of the Bulletin.) Grangerville, Tulare Co., October 25th.

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