[Willia]m H. Mills
Robert Underwood Johnson
2States to that corporation. It costs too much to go to Yosemite. In a straight line, it is not over 100 miles from San Francisco, and yet I have never known any one to go in and come out,unless they had some favors in the way of free transportation,for less than $110.,if they stayed in the Valley two or three days and did the sights generally. So when a gentleman,accompanied by his wife and three members of his family, are found at the Palace Hotel, desirous of making the trip to the Valley,they are told that the fare for the round trip is $45. or $50. That is not sovery formidable,but if they find any one candid enough to tell them the truth,they are told that it, will cost their party of five at least $600. to make the, trip,and it will every time. The people holding privileges in the Valley are constantly complaining that the season is short and that they do not have much to do. If things were cheaper they would have a great deal more to do ,and a lower rate of charges would yield more profit all round. I am just as familiar with this subject as any one,and I am disposed to be dogmatic on the proposition that the Yosmite Valley will never amount to anything until the cost of transportation to and from the Valley,the cost of enterta inment ,and services in the Valley generally,are made less.As an enthusiastic admirer of the Valley, I frequently talk of its beauties and wonders in social life,and find that scarcely any of my associates have ever seen the Valley. Inquiry reveals06425
1893 Jan 5
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