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[woodcut of John Muir] John Muir Writings

The Mountains of California

by John Muir (1894)


Contents

  1. The Sierra Nevada         1
  2. The Glaciers         20
  3. The Snow         36
  4. A Near View of the High Sierra         48
  5. The Passes         74
  6. The Glacier Lakes         98
  7. The Glacier Meadows         125
  8. The Forests         139
  9. The Douglas Squirrel         226
  10. A Wind-Storm in the Forests         244
  11. The River Floods         258
  12. Sierra Thunder-Storms         271
  13. The Water-Ouzel         276
  14. The Wild Sheep         300
  15. In the Sierra Foot-Hills         325
  16. The Bee-Pastures         338


The Mountains of California

By
John Muir

New York
The Century Co.
1894


[Hoofed Locusts (Frontispiece)]
Hoofed Locusts.

Copyright, 1894, by The Century Co.
The De Vinne Press.


List of Illustrations


Note from American Memory Collection, Library of Congress

Famed naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) came to Wisconsin as a boy and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He first came to California in 1868 and devoted six years to the study of the Yosemite Valley. After work in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, he returned to California in 1880 and made the state his home. One of the heroes of America’s conservation movement, Muir deserves much of the credit for making the Yosemite Valley a protected national park and for alerting Americans to the need to protect this and other natural wonders. The Mountains of California (1894) is his book length tribute to the beauties of the Sierra. He recounts not only his own journeys by foot through the mountains, glaciers, forests, and valleys, but also the geological and natural history of the region, ranging from the history of glaciers, the patterns of tree growth, and the daily life of animals and insects. While Yosemite naturally receives great attention, Muir also expounds on less well known beauty spots.


Bibliographic Information

Muir, John, 1838-1914. The Mountains of California (New York: The Century co. 1894). xiii+381 p. front., illus. maps.20 cm. Library of Congress Call Number F866.M95. LCCN rc 01-000874.

Translated by Dan Anderson from SGML from the Library of Congress : “The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920” , American Memory Collection.

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