R. B. Marshall
Sacramento, Cal., Jan.27, 1905.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Cal. My rear Mr. Muir;I am just in receipt of a letter from Major H. M. Chittenden and Mr. Frank Bond, members of the Commission to investigate "Conditions and Situations" in the Yosemite National Park, last summer. They inform me that there is a strong Lobby, in Washington, trying to get privileges for a steam or electric railroad into Yosemite National Park. As you probably remember our Commission changed the boundary lines of the boundary in its recommendation and had in mind the idea, by suggesting, that the name of the Park be changed to the Yosemite National Park, rather than Yosemite Forest Reserve, with the idea that it would be set aside as a National Park, which it was hoped would carry the impression that there should be no railroads of any description within the boundaries. The conditions in the Yellowstone suggested this interpretation by our Commission. Our present boundaries of the Yosemite National Park were so arranged that a railroad and wagon road were recommended up the Merced Canyon to within six miles of the State Grant. This is as far as any railroad should be allowed to go, and if once the Government allows any corporation03518
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