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“Exploration of the Sierra Nevada” (1925)
by Francis P. Farquhar


Lil A. Winchell

Lil A. Winchell, son of the E. C. Winchell who visited Kings River Canyon in 1868, became devoted to the Sierra as a young man and soon came to know its remoter regions perhaps better than any man of his time. After his visit to Tehipite with Dusy in 1879 he spent five months in the High Sierra, part of the time with Louis W. Davis, a Prospector whom he induced to accompany him. Mountain summits were more in evidence than metals, and while this may have been disappointing to the prospector it was eminently satisfactory to Winchell. On September 23, 1879, they made the first ascent of Mount Goddard. 91 Winchell’s knowledge of the High Sierra was later of great value to Theodore S. Solomons and Joseph N. Le Conte in preparing the first detailed maps of the Middle and North Forks of Kings River.

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91 Sierra Club Bulletin, 1923, XI, 4, p. 398.


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