Letter from [John Muir] to [Charles F. Lummis], [ca. 1904 Nov].


John Muir


[John Muir]


[Charles F. Lummis]


of course water for cities must be had at whatever cost but there is no need of going into the worlds park for it. for there is a glorious abundance in the snowy Sierra outside of it available for a dozen San Franciscos The great charm of the Hetch Hetchy scheme is the comparative cheapness of the required reservoir dams. The Tuolumne River flows out of the level floored Hetch Hetchy Valley through a narrow gorge forming an ideal dam-site. The Upper dam-site is also an attractive one to the engineer, while the basins above them are very extensive. The Yosemite dammed would be the best reservoir of all, but few sane folk would recommend putting it to such use. Cathedrals with dammed doors & windows would make good storage tanks & some of the dollar-people in Christ's time thought the temple a good place for money changing.


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Circa Date

[1904 Nov]


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 1237

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt0w1031nc

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Braun Research Library, Autry National Center for the American West, Los Angeles, CA. ID Numbers: MS.1.1.3221A Charles F. Lummis/Mr. John Muir Correspondence 1895-1905; and MS.1.1.3221B Charles F. Lummis/Mr. John Muir Correspondence 1906-1913. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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

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