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Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California (1862) by James M. Hutchings


CONTENTS.

PAGE.

CHAPTER I.

How the Calaveras Grove was first discovered—Principal Routes to the Calaveras Grove—Alcatraces Island—Angel Island—Red Rock—Straits of Carquinez— City of Benicia—Monte Diablo—Sailing up the San Joaquin—City of Stockton —Stockton to Murphy’s Camp—Road to the Mammoth-Tree Grove—The Mammoth-Tree Grove.

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CHAPTER II.

Discovery and Location of the Caves of Calaveras—The Entrance—The Council Chamber—The Cathedral—The Bishop’s Palace—The Bridal Chamber—Musical Hall —The Hotel.

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CHAPTER III.

Scenery around the Natural Bridge—The Upper Bridges—The Lower Bridge.

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CHAPTER IV.

Inducements to Travel—California Landscape Scenery—The Mariposa Indian War, and Circumstances that led to the Discovery of the Yo-Semite Valley—Various Routes to the Yo-Semite Valley—The Journey from Stockton—Coultorville— The Start—Bower Cave—Bower Cave to Deer Flat—Deer Flat to Crane Flat —The Mammoth Trees near Crane Flat—Crane Flat to the Stand-Point of Silence—Stand-Point of Silence—The Descent of the Mountain—The Ride up the Valley—Table of Distances—The First Night in the Valley—Ride to the Cho-Looke, or Yo-Semite Fall—The Ford—Ride to Lake Ah-wi-yah—Legend of Tu-toch-ah-nu-lah—The Pohono, or Bridal Veil Fall—Sentinel Rock—Visit to the Pi-wy-ack, or Vernal Fall—The Yo wi-ye, or Nevada Fall—The Counttry about the Yo-wi-ye Waterfall—The Too-lu-lu-wach, or South Branch Waterfall—Ascent to the top of the Cho-Looke, or Yo-Semite Fall—Attempt to ascend the great Semi-Dome, Tis-sa-ack—Comparison between the Yo-Semite Valley and some parts of Switzerland—Departure from the Valley by the Mariposa Trail—View from Inspiration Point.

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CHAPTER V.

The Discovers of the Mariposa and Frezno Groves of Mammoth Trees—The Mariposa Grove—The South Grove—Visit to the Frezno Grove—Table of Distances to Mariposa—Town of Mariposa.

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CHAPTER VI.

Route to New Almaden—San Josť—Old Saw—The Discovery and Ownership of the New Almaden Mine—Process of Extracting Quicksilver—The Road to the Mine—Process of Working the Mine—The Henriquita Quicksilver Mine— Dedicatory Ceremony of Blessing the Mine.

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CHAPTER VII.

Mount Shasta—Ascent of Mount Shasta, alone.

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CHAPTER VIII.

Sail through the Golden Gate—Crossing the Bar—Don’t care-ishness—Visits from the Birds—Arrived at the Islands—The Sea Lions—The Hair Seal—Birds and their Eggs—Wildness of the Scenes—The North Farallones.

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CHAPTER IX.

The Three Roads to the Mission Dolores—Going—The San Francisco Sugar Refinery —The Mission Dolores—The San Francisco Industrial School—The Ocean House—The Laguna Honda—The Beach House—The Drive along the Beach to Seal Rock—Fort Point—The Presidio.

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CHAPTER X.

Sailing from the Wharf—Crossing the Bay—Crooked Navigation of Petaluma Creek —Petaluma and the Russian River Valley—View from Godwin’s Peak —The Geysers.

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CHAPTER XI.

The Riffle-Box Waterfall.

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CHAPTER XII.

Lake Bigler.

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CHAPTER XIII.

Alabaster County Cave—Discovery of the Cave—Scenes on the Sacramento River —Salmon Fishery on the Sacramento River—The Hog’s Back—Steamboat Slough—A Ride on the Sacramento Valley Railroad—Folsom—From Folsom to Alabaster Cave—Alabaster Lime-Kiln—The Entrance to Alabaster Cave— The Dungeon of Enchantment—The Crystal Chapel.

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