8 Near Half way House. Large quartz [vein]. Not clearly glaciated [sketch: quartz & shale] Forms top of hill. Grass v [very] crisp & dry dense 3 species. One the main species gives color. 3 species plants coming forward nite [night] bloom ([mint] rank, prickly leaned [comp] & Hemizonia [sketch] Slates regularly developed par with range nearly vertical weathering evenly smooth surface. Mining surface scalped hills dead [&] gravel just below
9 slate— Twittery birds morn [morning] & eve [evening] Fly catchers & Red heads Placerville 1700 ft alt [altitude] Strangely picturesque Set in orderly disorder [compliant] to the curious topography—down in a hollow surrounded by a rim of hills formed of dead river gravels, washeded [washed] into bluffs—the streets wind about easily carelessly natural Many pretty cottages. Tranquil orderly people. No noise in streets though surrounded with gold banks the most [posturely] of all minerals, once wild (in 49) people get used to anything. Grave yard of Masons Odd fellows & Druids & Red Men the most beautiful ever saw
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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