32 chunks & gaps of the snow sheds could trace the gl [glacier] from the cars so simple & conspicuous the views of the American [riv ] cans [canyons] somewhat extensive, large regularly planted forests.
About gold run large fields of yel & purple hydrauliced mines
The climate of this portion of Sierra allows the pines 5 or 600 ft more of range below - Sabine at 500 above sea
33 the foothills at Am Riv wider & leveler but otherwise like those of Merced & Tuol [Tuolumne] From junction 20 or 30 ms [miles] [N ] ward. The ground is volcanic & comparatively barren giving way to very live & fertile [clayey] alluvian wheatland region & fertile
Marysville pretty town the Buttes N [North] of are exceedingly conspicuous but have angular & suggestive of flinty lavas rather than of forest bearing soils & meadowy lakes
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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