John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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4As I have urged over & over again the Yosemite Reservation ought to include all the Yosemite fountains. They all liek in a compact mass of mountains that are glorious scenery, easily accessible from the Grand Yosemite centre & are not valuable for any other use than the use of beauty. No other interests would suffer by this extension of the boundary. Only the summit peaks along the axis of the range are possibly gold bearing & not a single valuable mine has yet been discovered in them. Most of the basin is a mass of solid granite that will never be available for agriculture while its forests ought to be preserved. The Big Tuolumne Meadows should also be included since it forms the central camping ground for the High Sierra, adjacent to the valley. The Tuolumne Canon is so closely related to the Yosemite region it should also be included, but whether it


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1890 May 8


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Reel 06, Image 0477

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