Willis Hand


Willis Hand


John Muir


[in margin: If you come to Wis. please bring me a 16 x 21 - in. mounted photograph of the view looking east from Glacier Rock-, a good one. Willis.]

Dear Brother,

I have been looking for either a letter from you or yourself in person. You ought to be here to enjoy over 40[degree symbol] below zero. Are hot geysers, mechanically, like force pumps? Thus:

By increase of pressure on account of accumulating steam the water level in "A" is forced down to the opening "B," and the Geyser "goes off." I have left the [course?] to the geyser for you to imagine. The more I think of it, the better satisfied I am that the present location of the Yosemite Valley was determined by [wrinklings?] and convulsions of the earth's crust long ages before the ice period. Is it not so? The Nevada Stage Co. paid me $25, for our pleasant sojourn at Copperopolis.

Regards all. Ever Yours,

Willis Hand



[place unknown]

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Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 11 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0829

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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