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“The Yohamite Falls, California.”
Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing-room Companion, May 21, 1859
|M. M. BALLOU
|| NUMBER 22
| BOSTON, SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1859.
||$2.50 PER ANNUM
5 CENTS SINGLE
|Vol. XVI, No. 21 . . . Whole no. 413.
THE YOHAMITE FALLS, CALIFORNIA.
The engraving on this page will serve to give
the untravelled reader some ideas of the scenery
in the wildest and most romantic part of the
land of gold. The Yohamite valley is in Mariposa
county. This valley is most fertile in its
nature, is evergreen, ornamented with immense
trees, and watered by a beautiful clear stream.
It is surrounded by rocks, some of which rise
perpendicularly ot a height of upwards of 3000
feet. At one extremity the river Merced enters
the valley over the rocks, precipitating itself
3100 feet into the depths below. This is accomplished
by one great plunge of 2100 feet, and
two other minor ones of 200 and 400 feet respectively.
It is by far the highest waterfall in
the world, and when swollen by the rains, pours
down a vast volume of water. We are too apt
to associate California with one idea, and to regard
it simply as a gold-producing country. Its
vast riches, independently of its mere gold production,
its great resources, and the general features
of the whole country, are neither sufficiently
known nor rightly appreciated.
Apart from its mineral
abundance, it is a fact
that there is hardly any
country so bountifully endowed
with agricultural advantages,
in its soil, or finer in its climate.
The atmosphere is
clear, and there are no violent
extremes of heat and
cold. The scenery of the
country is of the most varied
description. In the interior
there flourishes a vast and
magnificent vegetation, not
of the luxuriant and overgrowing
kind commonly met
with a tropical regions; on
the contrary, the country in
general consists of fine,
open fruitful valleys, dotted
here and there with clusters
of large trees, something
like an English park; or of
mountainous regions more
or less covered with forest
vegetation , which is partly
evergreen. In the spring
wild flowers, in endless variety
of sizes, forms and
colors, cover the hills and
valleys; and the most delicate
and rare flowers cultivated
in Europe as hothouse
or garden plants are here
found in the greatest variety
and boundless profusion.
Among the most extraordinary
of all vegetable phenomena
is the Wellingtonia
gigantea, or mammoth-tree,
unrivalled in size, and most
beautiful in its growth, rising
to heights varying from
250 and 350 to 450 feet, displaying
a stem from 30 to
45 feet in diameter.
THE FAMOUS YOHAMITE FALLS, CALIFORNIA.
“The Yohamite Falls, California,”
Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing-room Companion,
vol. 16, no. 21, whole no. 413, page 325
(Boston, Mass.: M. M. Ballou, May 21, 1859).
Published as microfilm in
American Periodical Series (APS) III (1850-1900),
unit 9, reel 251 (University Microfilms International).
The author of this article is unknown, however it
may be by Reverend F. C. Ewer, D. D., of New York and San Francisco.
This is based on a reference from
John Hittell”s book
Yosemite: Its Wonders and Its Beauties:
“F. C. Ewer, who wrote the first long description of the scenery, in 1859 . . .”
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