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


TABLE OF THE ELEVATION OF PEAKS AND PASSES IN THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS.

Feet
Bono Pass10,765
Sonora Pass10,115
Silver Mountain Pass8,793
Carson Pass8,759
Johnson Pass7,339
Georgetown Pass7,119
Donner Pass7,056
Henness6,996
Yuba Gap6,642
Mount Whitney 15,000
Red State Peak13,400
Mount Pass13,227
Castle Peak12,500
Silver Mountain10,934
Wood’s Peak10,552
Pyramid Peak10,120
Downieville Buttes8,400
Onjumi8,378

Note.—These elevations are taken from the Reports of the Geological Survey of the State of California.

The Central Pacific Railroad crosses the Sierras by Donner Pass, and the road-bed at the summit is 7,042 feet; so that the original level of the pass was lowered only 14 feet, and the actual cutting-away was probably even less than that.



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