John Muir


[John Muir]


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



July 26th

Dear Mr Johnson -

We are in for another fight for T Yo N. Park ' against T schemers of San Francisco who are trying to get possession of T H. Hy & T Upper Tuol. Meadows for reservoirs in whc T store T Tuol flood waters as a supply for San Francisco. If this scheme goes thro' not only will T H. Hy Vall, whc is a yosemite be destroyed but also T grand upper Tuolumne Meadows which is as you know T most specious & best central camp— round in all T high Sierra T damming of T Yo itself wld not be more destructive to T Nat Park than this Tuolumne scheme. As you know



Sec'y Hitchcock decided [gainst?] the scheme but T new Secy Garfield two days ago formally reopened T question & seems to regard T scheme favorably.
In a meet— held in S.F. in wh he met T S.F. rep's of T scheme & those of T in - dis's opposed to it he said "it is very clear [illegible] ny md [illegible] T [illegible] T S. cannot be put to any highs use th[illegible] T de [illegible] of T cities along T coast" & all parties inter est to [send?] h[illegible] [illegible] him in Wash— by Sept. 15th. In T above discussion only the [parties?] were rec [illegible] the [illegible] T S.F. sch. While T rights of T Nation T [get?] Park were


not considered at all. To turn [yr?] Central Park into a res for T dear people would not be half so outrageous a trespass on T people who use and enjoy it. By cement— up T doors & windows of our cathedals & churches many good storage tanks could thus be made, but this would hardly be T right use for them. The roof of T Sierra is about 500 miles long, but these [schemers?] for financial reasons seem to think [it?] only T [illegible] portion, used as a Nat Prk, is available to quench T city's thrist & prevent it from be— burned up a [2?] [illegible] time. Let them damn



T Tuol. C[illegible] below H[illegible] as much as they [hope?], & thus second all T flood waters without damage T T Park [illegible] or draw [illegible] at great supplies from other streams at great cost, & keep theives & robbers & [illegible] grafters out of this [illegible] of all T A. park has been a con[illegible] fight evr since we got it established & it seems to have no end.
I returned from Yo a few days ago & while there made diligent [illegible] for T two Gilder boys bt could not find T slightest trace of them. I will try to get a copy of T Tuolumne water plans from T city engineer & if sucessful will forward them T you.

F. Y.


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1907] Jul 26


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 16, Image 0839

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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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