John Muir


John Muir


[Charles A.] Keeler


Martinez, Sep. 19/07

Dear Mr Keeler,

As no doubt you have seen by the newspapers, Mr Phelan & the S.F. Supervisors are trying to get the use of Hetch Hetchy Valley for a reservoir for city water supply. Their application to the Secretary should be denied because Hetch Hetchy is a wonderful counterpart of Yosemite with the same grand walls similiar in form & sculpture, with falls gardens groves meadows etc To dam it would be as destructive & deplorable an its effects on the Park as damming Yosemite itself. For not only would it be rendered utterly unaccessible but the way up the Canon of the Park to the grand central camp ground of Tuolumne would be blocked The great National park should be kept free in pure wildness forever.
Please write to Secretary Garfield at

Washington if you are likeminded on the subject & as soon as possible as the case is to be decided perhaps within less than a month. All sorts of untrue statements are being made by the promoters If you can spare the time to see Mr Colby or Prof Le Conte. You could get particulars
With kindest regards to you Charlie & your darlings & the Bunnells & Symonds I am

Faithfully yours

John Muir

Come & see us these fine days


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1907 Sep 19


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Reel 16, Image 1037

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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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