John Muir


[Charles A.] Keeler


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Martinez, Sep. 19/07Dear Mr Keeler,As no doubt you have seen by the newspapers, Mr Phelan & the S.F. Supervisors are trying to get the use of Hetch Hetchy Valley for a reservoir for city water supply. Their application to the Secretary should be denied because Hetch Hetchy is a wonderful counterpart of Yosemite with the same grand walls similiar in form & sculpture, with falls gardens groves meadows etc To dam it would be as destructive & deplorable an its effects on the Park as damming Yosemite itself. For not only would it be rendered utterly unaccessible but the way up the Canon of the Park to the grand central camp ground of Tuolumne would be blocked The great National park should be kept free in pure wildness forever.Please write to Secretary Garfield at


Martinez [Calif.]

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1907-09-19 00:00


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