John Muir


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From the [summit] of the Siskiyou Mtns [Mountains] Shasta [towers] [grandly] & clear majestic & imposing even at this distance.

After passing thru the tunnel into [Rogue] R [River] Valley there is a marked change in freshness & lushness of vegetation. Extensive planting of [peach] in Rogue R [River] Valley near Ashland With the exception of [divides] of low rolling hills one bed of fertile soil from Ashland to Portland man & beast shall be fed Views from the Portland Heights extend over a great width of green hills & forests to the Cascade Range with the white cones of Hood Adams Helens & the top of Rainier

The city in the foreground leafy avenues of Elm & Maple its outgrowing edges fading in loose struggling points among the cultivated fields & orchards & these again graduating & losing themselves in the dark woods which rise in billowy hills higher higher mtn [mountains] the crest of the Cascades with its grand beacon lights of volcanic cones now cool in ice & snow eternal. The woods on the heights opening to the [river] make glorious vistas from wh [which] all this vast panorama may be studied—ash maple red & gold tinged [translucent] in the [ ] light wild cherry a foot dia [diameter] & 40 ft h [high] beautiful leafy tree Hazel [dogwood] rose arbor vitae, Doug Spruce

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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