In the Heart of the Sierras: The Yosemite Valley by Hutchings, James Mason

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California's Yosemite Valley has always been a land of magnificent waterfalls, mountain peaks, towering sequoias. The 19th and 20th centuries brought to it promoters and hoteliers with talents to match the scenery.

J.M. Hutchings was both promoter and hotel operator. In 1855, he formed the first tourist expedition to enter the Valley. He began publication of Hutchings' California Magazine the following year.

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California's Yosemite Valley has always been a land of magnificent waterfalls, mountain peaks, towering sequoias. The 19th and 20th centuries brought to it promoters and hoteliers with talents to match the scenery.

J.M. Hutchings was both promoter and hotel operator. In 1855, he formed the first tourist expedition to enter the Valley. He began publication of Hutchings' California Magazine the following year. In 1886 Hutchings published this book, describing himself on the title page as J.M. Hutchings of Yo Semite.

This second edition came in 1888 with a preface in which Hutchings explained that "the designs for the embossed cover is, in black and gold, are by Mr. Thomas Hill, the eminent and well-known artist'.

It included a large fold-out "official map of the Valley and its surroundings" of which Hutchings boasted in his preface. Hutchings was not above porting the tourist joys of what was to become a great national park in 1906. He quotes admirers of the Valley, famous and obscure, on its wonders.

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Author Hutchings, James Mason
Publisher Pacific Press Publishing House
Pages 496
Edition 1st
Binding Hard Back
Condition B-
Dustjacket No
Table of Contents

I. Is an Epitome of the Voiced Impressions of Eminent Personages concerning Yo Semite
II. Causes Leading To The Discovery of Yo Semite
III. How and When Descovered
IV. The Name, "Yo Senute,'
v. Close Of The Indian Campaign
VI. Early Historical Incidents
VIL The First Tourist Vistors to Yo Semite
VIII. Early Development And Progress At Yo Semite
IX. Its First Winter Vistors.
X Early Day Reviewals
XI Cabin Homes At Yo Semite
XII Congressional And State Enactments Concerning Yo Semite
XIII Journey And Routes To Yo Semite In Outline
XIV The Main Or Truck Route Towards Yo Semite
XV Bay and River Routes To Yo Semite
XVI The Milton And Calaveras Bio Tree Route
XVII The Big Trees In General
XVIII The Berenda Route
XIX The Madera Route To Yo Semite
XX. The Coulterville Route
XXL The Mariposa Route
XXII The Milton And Big Oak Flat Route To Yo Semite
XXIII Scenes To Be Witnessed From The Floor Of The Valley
XXIV Manners And Customs Of the Indians
XXv To versal and Nevada Falls
XXVI Grizzley Park, Half Dome, and Cloud's Rest
XXVII Glacier Point And Its Galaxy Of Glories
XXXIII The Upper Yo Semite Fall, Eagle Peak, Lake Tenie-Yam, And High Sierra
XXIX The Seasons At Yo Semite Valley

Copyright 1886
Year Printed 1886

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