John Muir


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twenty five (25) feet and struck water and was obliged to quit.In sinking another shaft about three miles from [home?] or the sea in same charred but in foot hills and higer up and entirely off of the tundra I encountered only eight inches of frost on surface found some cong[illegible] gravel about 30 feet down, which the miners at first thought to be frost.How could the ground at shaft [illegible] freeze so deep?Of course the water I encountered was from Dry creek channel thawed down by the presence of water and surface gravel. Last winter I erected on Snake River near [home?] for the Wild Goose [illegible]ing and Trading Co. a 500 H.P. pumping plant for hydraulic purposes.The ground was [same?] as at shaft [illegible] we put 18 feet of concrete into an excavation so far it is O.K., but in time water may thaw it [some?], I am watching it and will03200


Oakland, Calif.

Date Original

1903 Mar 29


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 20 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0354

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