[Annie] Wanda [Muir]
is big the way came. The Black Hills get their name from the dark color they have in the distance from the pine forests that cover them. The pine of thse woods is the ponderosa or yellow pine, the same as the one that grows in the Sierra, Oregon, Washington, Nevada Utah Colorado Montant Idaho Wyoming & all the West in general. No other pine in the world has so wide a range or is so hardy at all heights & under all circumstances & conditions of climate & soil. This is near its eastern limit & here it is interesting to find that many plants of the Atlantic & Pacific soples meet & grow well together. Today is hot but the fine hotel is cool. Sargent & Gen Abbot & I took a walk in the woods before lunch. Here are a few flowers I gathered. We are going to Deadwood tomorrow & thence up the highest of the Black Hills or mountains rather & thence to the Rocky Mountains. I hope you are all well. I feel fairly well now I am moving homeward. Love to all
Hot Springs, S.D.
Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15 cm.
Reel 09, Image 0284