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The Atlantic to the Pacific: What to See and How to See it (1873), by John Erastus Lester


CONTENTS


PAGE
ROUTES FROM NEW YORK TO CHICAGO1

The ‘New York Central,’ 3. The ‘Erie,’ 5. The ‘Pennsylvania,’ 6. The ‘Baltimore and Ohio,’ 9.

 
CHICAGO14

Changes in the City since the great fire, 15. What is to be seen in Chicago, 16.

 
CHICAGO TO OMAHA 18

Council Bluffs, 22. Omaha, 23. The Missouri River, 25. The Railway Bridge, 26.

 
OMAHA TO SALT LAKE CITY31

Cheyenne, 35. The Rocky Mountains, 36. Laramie, 38

 
THE MORMONS42

Salt Lake City, 45. The Mormon Community, 47.

 
SALT LAKE CITY TO SAN FRANCISCO50

The National Park of the Yellowstone, 51. Battle Mountain Station, 55. Reno, 56. Virginia City, Nevada, 56. The Truckee Region, 59. Hydraulic Mining, 63. Cafe Horn, 66

 
SAN FRANCISCO71

Seal Rock and the Sea lions, 74. Views of the City, 78. The Chinese, 88. Goat Island, 98.

 
THE GEYSERS102

Napa Valley, 104. White Sulphur Springs, 106. Calistoga, 108. The Great Geysers, 110.

 
SANTA CLARA VALLEY119

The City of San José, 123. The New Almaden Mine, 128

 
THE YO-SEMITE VALLEY131

The Road to the Yo-Semite, 135. The Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, 141. The Wonders of Yo-Semite, 145. Inspiration Point, 148. The Yo-Semite Fall, 153. Nevada Cañon, 157. Flora of Yo-Semite, 162. Wheat Farming in the San Joaquin Valley, 169. Stockton, 171. Advice concerning the Journey, 176.

 
THE OVERLAND TOUR REVIEWED177

Its Cost, 178. Summer Weather in California, 179. Season to make the Trip, 180.

 
CALIFORNIAN HOSPITALITY183

San Mateo County, 185. A Day with Ralston, 187.

 
HOMEWARD BOUND190

A Hotel Car, 191. Incidents of the Journey, 192.

 
THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD193

The Story of its Organisation and Construction, 194

 
THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD200

The Trans-continental Routes, 203. The Preliminary Surveys, 204.

 
CALIFORNIA FOR SETTLERS207

Agricultural Lands, 208. Southern California, 209. San Diego, 210. Wine Growing, 213. General Views, 217.

 
COLORADO219

The Territory, 220. Colonies, 221. Denver, 222. Golden, 225. Denver to the Mines, 226. Black Hawk and Central, 228. Idaho Springs, 231. Miners’ Talk, 233. The Rio Grande Railway, 234. Kansas Pacific, 235. The Parks, 236. Society in Colorado, 238.

 
QUARTZ MINING239

In California, 239. In Colorado, 241.

 
APPENDIX
The Routes to the Yo-Semite243
Elevation of Peaks and Passes in the Sierras244
Mountains and Waterfalls of Yo-Semite245
The Yo-Semite declared a National Park246
The Hetch-Hetchy Valley248
The Trees and Plants of Yo-Semite250
History of the Discovery and Settlement of Yo-Semite253
Origin of the Name Yo-Semite262
The Discovery of Gold in California266
The Pacific Railroads and the Land Grants269
The Mining Towns of California271
Trees and Plants of Rocky Mountains275
Altitudes in Colorado279
Ores purchased at Boston and Colorado Smelting Works280
Denver Weather Record281
History of Mining in Colorado282


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