LAW OFFICES OF
THOMAS,GERSTLE & FRICK.
LOUIS S. BEEDY.
MUTUAL LIFE BUILDING, 222 SANSOME STREET,
November 18, 1905.
JOHN MUIR, ESQ.,
ADAMANA, APACHE COUNTY,
My dear Mr. Muir:-
My personal friend, William Kent, has purchased seven hundred acres of virgin redwood forest In Marin County, described on the maps of the geological survey as the "Redwood Canyon," lying between Mt. Tamalplas and the Golden Gate. Kent is an enthusiastic admirer of forestry, and bought the tract for the purpose of preserving it. He Is a very rich man, having a large amount of land in Marin County, and owning large interests in Chicago, where he resides during the winter. In order that the public may have a chance to get at the grove, Kent has made an arrangement to lease the seven hundred odd acres which he purchased to the Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalplas Scenic Railway. The plan is to construct a spur track of that railway from the station half way up the mountain,called "The Mesa,"which is located at a point on the road called the "Bow -knot," and running thence to a point at the upper end of the tract where they propose to construct a rustic inn, and an open pavilion for lunches. Mr. Kent and the Railroad company desire to call the tract of land the "Muir Woods," to be known as such in their official publications. As neither Mr. Kent or Mr. Cushing, President of the Railway, know you personally, they have asked me to write to you asking your consent to the use of this name, and I hope that you will see your way clear to give it.
I have known both Mr. Kent and Mr. Gushing for twenty-five years. They are gentlemen; are men of taste, and lovers of nature, and I feel sure that they will handle this tract of land in such a way as to make it a source of great attraction to the residents of the state and to tourists. The new Hotel St. Francis, in wnlch I am personally interested, has agreed to assist them in recommending tourists to take this short and beautiful trip, and I believe that the "Muir Woods" will become one of the great sources of attraction in this state.
I do not know that you remember me very well as we have not met for years, but beg leave to recall to your attention the fact that we passed a pleasant winter together in the University Club.
Hoping to get a favorable response at your early convenience, I remain,
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Thomas, William, "Letter from William Thomas to John Muir, 1905 Nov 18 ." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3442.
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