John Muir


[John Muir]


[Frank] Bond


[Rough draft of letter]

Jan. 15, 1907.

Dear Mr. Bond:

I thank you for the information contained in your letter of Dec. 28th last.
I don't see how I will be able to describe the boundaries[of the] Pet[rified] forest N[orth] of Adamana by sections even on the Santa Fe Co.'s map, without going over the ground with a surveyor. But after camping 17 days in the N. forest and carefully examining it I am sure that all of it excepting only a few scattered outlying trunks may be comprehended in an area of 2/3 of one township, while the three small patches strewn with trees interesting to the palaeontologist on the W. side of the basin of dead pines (?) cover only about 2 l/2 or 2 sq. m[ile]s, or about 22 sections in all, as shown in the above sketch map.
Rejoicing in hope of the effective preservation of these magnificent monuments of the most ancient? forests,

[John Muir]

[Attached is "Sketch Map of Petrified Forests near Adamana"]



[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1907 Jan 15


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 19.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0557

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