[Annie] Wanda [Muir]
[in margin: If you write as soon as you get this or a few days afterwards address me at Helena MontanaAlso address me a letter at Mamoth Springs Yellowstone Park][letterhead]July 5th 1896My dear Wanda.I am now fairly on my way west again & a thousand miles nearer you than I was a few days ago. We got here this morning after a long ride from Chicago. by we I mean Proffessors Sargent, Brewer & Hague & General Abbott--all interesting wise men & grand company. it was dreadfully hot the day we left Chicago but it rained before morning of the 4th & so that day was dustless & cool & the ride across Iowa was delightful That state is very fertile & beautiful The cornfields & wheatfields are 02118[letterhead]boundless or appears so as we skim through them on the cars. & all are rich & bountiful looking flowers in bloom line the roads & tall grasses & bushes the surface of the ground is rolling with hills beyond hills many of them crowned with trees I never before knew that Iowa is so beautiful & unexhaustibly rich.Nebraska is monotonously level like a green grassy sea-no hills or mountains in sight for hundreds of miles [illegible] two are cornfields without end & full of promise this year after three years of famine from drouth. South Dakota is dry & desert like until you get into the Black Hills, that02118
Hot Springs, S.D.
Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15 cm.
Reel 09, Image 0282