S. Hall Young


John Muir


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St. Michael, AlaskaAug. 31st, 1899.My Dear Friend Muir:I have just arrived in the [illegible] after an eventful & busy summer in the valley of the great Yukon. I was delayed a month in all at Skagway, more than a week after I saw you. Then I went over to Bennett, bought a Klondyke boat & Mr. Koonce navigated it with our nearly three tons of goods down to Ra[illegible]. It was the first week in July before we arrived at our first camping place, where we were to remain any time, - Eagle, just across the line in Alaska, I went at once into the woods to try to get you the cone blossoms you wished. But it was evidently far beyond the time. I chopped down a number to trees, but the cones were hardened, the blossoms gone. I am very sorry - will try to do better next summer. I have found only three species of evergreen trees in the Yukon Valley. You can best name them - two species of spruce & a fir.But I saw some wonderful country. I took one eighty mile walk across the mountains, ascending America Creek from Eagle 18 miles, then across the mountain ridges to Comet Creek which empties into Forty mile, camped in the basin of grand rugged edged mountains, the [illegible] of mountain sheep, lived three days on grayling, then across the ridges & rugges mountain slopes02615


St. Michaels, Alaska

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