24 It receives a [considerable] trib [tributary] from Squaw [Valley] the Truckee Valley is nowhere very picturesque - presents a few gray & red [lava] headlands & terraces - mostly a simple [beveled] val [valley] - not too highly inclined for the growth of a not very dense but [regular] forest of p [pine], pond [Ponderosa] with a lit [little] sugar p [pine] & much p [grandis] at head near lake. The quantity of logs shot down slides into the river is something wonderful. The slides are formed of two logs pinned together & hewn on the inside. [sketch: cross section]
25 At a distance they appear like red lines [ ] the pulverized bark rubbed into the slides & scattered on the sides - hundreds of logs [stay ] the track & leap out with rock heaps where their recovery would cost more than their value. All of this lumber is milled at Truckee. There is a marked absence of wide level [Yosemite] Valleys in [the] Truckee [canon] because there is no glacial formation sufficiently large to produce any consid [considerable] lake basin depression
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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