[Robert Underwood] Johnson
2the Yosemite. It looks ten times worse now than when you saw it seven years ago. Most of the level meadow floor of the valley is fenced with barbed & unbarbed wire. & about 300 head of horses are turned loose every night to feed & trample the flora out of existence. I told the hotel & horsemen that they were doing all they could to prevent lovers of wild haunts from visiting the valley & that soon all tourist travel would cease. This year only 1200 regular tourists visited the valley while 2000 campers came in & remained a week or two.But a change in the management is now on. One of the eight commissioners, Mr Fields told me that from a conversation he had with me 3 years ago he had been looking for a landscape artist to lay out the floor of the valley & at last had found him. A Mr Radford who told me that he had been associated with Olmsted 30 years. He has just completed a survey of the Yosemite & is now laying out a plan of roads paths clearing etc. Do you know him. Please inquire of Olmsted & let me know how much I may rely on him.Bancroft Library
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