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The Yosemite Valley (1910) by Galen Clark

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Photograph of Galen Clark by Shaw & Shaw
Photograph by Shaw & Shaw
Signature of Galen Clark


THE YOSEMITE VALLEY

ITS HISTORY, CHARACTERISTIC
FEATURES, AND THEORIES RE-
GARDING ITS ORIGIN. :: :: ::


By GALEN CLARK

Discoverer of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees. Author of “Indians
of the Yosemite,
” “Big Trees of California,” and for
many years Guardian of the Yosemite Valley.


Illustrated from Photographs

by George Fiske.


YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
NELSON L. SALTER
1910


COPYRIGHT 1910
ELVIRA M. LEE

[Editor’s note: Dr. Elvira M. Lee is Galen Clark’s daughter. Galen Clark died in her home in Oakland, California March 24, 1910 at 96 years.—DEA]

From Press of
Reflex Publishing Company
Redondo Beach,
California


CONTENTS.


INTRODUCTION AND SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR xiii
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS I
DISCOVERY AND HISTORY OF YOSEMITE 9
THEORIES REGARDING ORIGIN 17
THE AUTHOR‘S THEORY 23
PROMINENT PEAKS AND DOMES 31
WATERFALLS 47
MIRROR LAKE 63
TREES IN YOSEMITE VALLEY 71
FLOWERING SHRUBS 81
FLOWERING PLANTS 90
FERNS 101
HINTS TO YOSEMITE VISITORS 103

ILLUSTRATIONS.


EL CAPITAN3
VIEW FROM INSPIRATION POINT7
OVERHANGING ROCK, GLACIER POINT11
YOSEMITE FALLS15
NORTH DOME21
SENTINEL DOME25
THREE BROTHERS29
BIRDS-EYE VIEW33
SENTINEL ROCK37
ROYAL ARCHES, NORTH DOME AND
  WASHINGTON COLUMN
41
THE HALF DOME45
THE BRIDAL VEIL49
YOSEMITE FALLS FROM GLACIER POINT
  TRAIL
53
ICE CONE, UPPER YOSEMITE FALL57
VERNAL FALL61
NEVADA FALL65
MTRROR LAKE AND MT. WATKINS69
THE HAPPY ISLES75
WILD AZALEAS83
THE CATHEDRAL SPIRES91
YOSEMITE VALLEY IN WINTER99

[Editor’s note: all illustrations except for "Bird’s Eye View" and the frontispiece photograph of the author are photographs taken by George Fiske. The "Bird’s Eye View" drawing is by Chris. Jorgensen.]


YOSEMITE THE MASTERPIECE.


By W. A. CROFFUT.

Oh, words, how poor, and vain, and weak,
When of the masterpiece we speak,
Of emerald vale and starry peak,
      Thy glories, grand Yosemite!

When know we of the times remote,
When on Azoic seas afloat
Great Nature sailed her granite boat,
      And dreamt about Yosemite?

When demon thrones were upward hurled,
What fiery flags were high unfurled
From bastiones of a ruined world,
      Beneath thy gulf, Yosemite.

When Vulcan, tired of labors tame,
Lighted his furious forge of flame
And smote young Terra’s molten frame,
      And fashioned wild Yosemite!

We only know this Titan’s home
Of ribboned fall and purpled dome
Is crystal of the primal foam
      That bathed thy beach, Yosemite.

Fair jewel,—gold, and red, and brown,—
In splendor shining softly down,
The Kohinoor of Nature’s crown—
      Magnificent Yosemite!

[Editor’s note: William Augustus Croffut (1835-1915) was a Connecticut journalist who traveled widely. Besides working as a correspondent, he wrote travel and history books, a comic opera, and a book of political rhymes.—DEA]


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