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


APPENDIX


THE ROUTES TO THE YO-SEMITE

I.—VIĀ MARIPOSA.

From San Fransisco, by rail, over the Central Pacific Railroad, to Merced City.

Thence by stage or carriage to Mariposa, forty-two miles, to White and Hatch’s, eleven miles, to Clark’s fourteen miles.

Thence on horseback, to Alder Creek, six miles and a half; to Empire Camp, three miles; to Inspiration Point, five miles, or to Glacier Point, seven miles; from Inspiration Point to the Hotels, seven miles and a half to eight miles, or from Glacier Point, six miles and a half to seven miles and a half.

Note.—A carriage road having this Spring been completed into the Valley, this part of the journey by a longer route can be made on wheels.

II.—VIĀ BIG OAK FLAT.

By rail to Stockton, and on to Copperopolis, thence by stage or carriage, viā Chinese Camp and Big Oak Flat, to Gentry’s; thence by horseback down a steep trail to the Valley, seven miles and a half.

III.—VIĀ COULTERVILLE.

By rail to Merced City; thence by carriage, viā Snelling’s to Coulterville; thence viā Crane Flat to Gentry’s, and by horseback into the Valley, seven miles and a half.

Notes.—From Clark’s, the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees is reached on horseback by a journey, in going and returning, of fourteen miles.

The whole distance from San Francisco is not far from 250 miles.

Deal only with principals, or their authorised agents. Do not let the drivers carry you out of the way to serve hotel-keepers. A private carriage is generally more agreeable than the mail-stages. Go into the Valley by way of Mariposa, and out by one of the other routes.



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