P. C. Renfrew
[in margin: 3 Sisters & [gls - -?]but there is no El=Capitan and Lost creek falls are near 500 feet but broken. You are at liberty to have any data in my possession or aid in exploration should you see fit to visit this vicinity – I intend to give some time to visiting & taking elevations of ice and summits next July and would be only too happy to know you could thus or any other time pay us a visit. Respectfully P.C. Renfrew[in margin: 365] 00824  McKenzie Bridge Lane Co. Oregon Jan. 3. 1879Dear Sir Having read your correspondence in the Bulletin and other journals for years with the greatest benefit and pleasure I take the liberty of writing you a few words in regard to our section of Oregon and to express the hope that business or pleasure may soon bring you to our state As the above address indicates we are near the
centre of the Cascade range on the principal tributary of the William- ette and on the 44th parallel of latitude N. Having for several years been engaged in opening what is known as the McKenzie Salt Springs & Des Chutes road I have found leisure to explore this section and short dis- tance North and south and believe it to be full of interest to the natural- ist, not to say to all who read your correspondence. The chief objects of inter- est, appear to me, 1st, hot salt or other mineral spring 2d, Falls of the McKenzie and and tributaries, 3rd The three Sisters. 4th The carvings of the mountains by gla- ciers and 5th The Glaciers themselves. The longest of the three of these which I have visited lies about 23 miles due east of us and 76 miles from Eugene City, same direct- ion. I have estimated its length at 4 miles, width near a mile and think its motion as [illegible] action than generaly accorded to the alpine ones – Of course this is’nt much of a glacier but could I have found it at the head of the Yosemite Valley where I looked for it in ’58 nothing more could have been desired. There I found its greatest achievements but here we have the engine itself. Lost creek gorge eight miles from here is magnificent
McKenzie Bridge, Lane Co., Oregon
1879 Jan 3
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Renfrew, P. C., "Letter from P. C. Renfrew to [John Muir], 1879 Jan 3." (1879). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 457.
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