John Muir



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"To the farmer who comes to this thirsty land from beneath rainy skies, Nevada seems one vast desert all sage and sand, hopelessly irredeemable now and forever .... Whether any considerable area of these sage plains will ever thus be made to blossom in grass and wheat, experience will show. But in the meantime Nevada is beautiful in her wildness, and if tillers of the soil can thus be brought to see that possibly Nature may have other uses even for rich soil besides the feeding of human beings, then will these foodless 'deserts' have taught a fine lesson.""


San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, Oct. 5, 1878


p. 1, cols. 5-6

Nevada Farms. John Muir on the Agricultural Resources of Our Sister State Mountain and Valley Ranches-Virgin Wilds-Irrigation and Artesian Wells. (Special Correspondence of the Bulletin.) Ward, Nevada, September 29, 1878.



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