[Charles A.] Keeler
Dear Mr Keller
Here are a few more odds & ends on Hetch Hetchy.
In a former application Manson stated in a pamphlet that 1 "all other sources are inferior to (H H: & lake Eleanor) this in purity." On the contrary it is less pure than the other Tuolumne sources outside the Park, because hundreds of tourists camp on the Upper Tuolumne Meadows & in H. H. every summer, & when roads are made there will be thousands for every one on the streams outside the park in the forest reserve. 2 "That H.H. is only a common low lying meadow." It is on the contrary a charming park even more beautiful than Yosemite in its gardens & groves. 3 "That making a lake of it would make it more beautiful" grossly untrue As well say - making golden State Park or Central Park of New York into a tank or reservoir would render them more beautiful
In short every argument for damming H. H. would apply with equal force to damming Yosemite.
To say that only the Hetch Hetchy water is available for San F. water supply is like saying that only the water shed from a single row of shingles is fit to drink.
Mr Phelan is reported as saying that 'H. H. is inaccessible 9 mos. of the year & unliveable the other 3 on account of mosquitoes.'
It is accessible all the year & is not more mosquitoful at any season than Yosemite
Also that 1000s of valleys as beautiful as H.H. are to be found in the Sierra On the contrary none are to be be found in the park excepting Yosemite itself, while its location as related to other great features of the park make it supremely important etc etc etc. Ever yours faithfully
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