P. C. Renfrew


[John Muir]


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[2]centre of the Cascade range on the principal tributary of the William- ette and on the 44th parallel of latitude N. Having for several years been engaged in opening what is known as the McKenzie Salt Springs & Des Chutes road I have found leisure to explore this section and short dis- tance North and south and believe it to be full of interest to the natural- ist, not to say to all who read your correspondence. The chief objects of inter- est, appear to me, 1st, hot salt or other mineral spring 2d, Falls of the McKenzie and and tributaries, 3rd The three Sisters. 4th The carvings of [3]the mountains by gla- ciers and 5th The Glaciers themselves. The longest of the three of these which I have visited lies about 23 miles due east of us and 76 miles from Eugene City, same direct- ion. I have estimated its length at 4 miles, width near a mile and think its motion as [illegible] action than generaly accorded to the alpine ones – Of course this is’nt much of a glacier but could I have found it at the head of the Yosemite Valley where I looked for it in ’58 nothing more could have been desired. There I found its greatest achievements but here we have the engine itself. Lost creek gorge eight miles from here is magnificent


McKenzie Bridge, Lane Co., Oregon

Date Original

1879 Jan 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0968

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