John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson




Martinez, Sep 15/02

Dear Mr Johnson;

On my return from the Kern region I heard loud but vague rumors of the discovery of a giant sequoia in Converse Basin on Kings River 153 feet Cir. 50 ft dia. to which I paid no attention having heard hundreds of such biggest-tree-in-the-world rumors before. But at Fresno I met a surveyor who assured me that he had himself measured the tree & found it to be 153 feet Cir. 6 ft above ground. So of course I went back up the mountain to see & measure for myself carrying a steel tape line. At one foot above ground it is 108 ft in Circum- [At] four [feet above ground it is] 97 46 inches [circum- At] six [feet above ground it is] 93 ft [circum-] One of the largest & finest every way of living Sequoias that have been measured But none can say it is certainly the largest

The im[illegible]ly larger dead one that I discovered 27 yrs ago stands within a few miles of this new wonder & I think I have in my notebooks measurements of having specimens as large as the new tree or larger. I have a photo of the tree & can get others I think from a photographer who has a studio in Converse Basin. I'll write a few pages on Big Trees in general if you like also touching on the horrible destruction of the Kings River groves going on fier[illegible] about the mills. As to the discovery of a region grander than Yosemite by the Kelly brothers in the Kings Canon it is nearly all pure bosh. I explored the canon long ago. it is very deep but has no El Capitan or anything like it.

Ever yours faithfully John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1902 Sep 15


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Reel 12, Image 0618

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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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