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Sequoia [California] National Park   By:

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United States Department of the Interior Harold L. Ickes, Secretary

National Park Service Arno B. Cammerer, Director


United States Government Printing Office Washington: 1937


The Principal Attractions in the park which the visitor should see are as follows:

One Day Stay. Should include the Sherman Tree, Lodgepole Camp, Moro Rock, Parker Group, Crescent Meadow, and Tharp Cabin Log in the Giant Forest district. A drive out the Generals Highway to Lost Grove and General Grant National Park should be included.

Two Day Stay. In addition to the above should include the Alta Trail as far as McKinley Tree, Congress Group, and the High Sierra Trail to Eagle View.

Three Day Stay. Should include in addition, Tokopah Valley, Sugar Pine Trail to Kaweah Vista, and view of Marble Falls, from Admiration Point.

Four Day to a Week Stay. Will enable the visitor to see all of the foregoing attractions and to take the high mountain trips on High Sierra Trail to the cream of Sierra scenery at River Valley, Hamilton Lake, or Tamarack Lakes; to Twin Lakes, Alta Meadows and Peaks, Mount Silliman, Emerald and Heather Lakes, The Watchtower, Colony Mill, Little Baldy Fire Lookout, Admiration Point, and Marble Falls, with many other points.

Three Week to a Month Stay. Will permit a trail trip through wonderful country by the High Sierra Trail over Kaweah Gap to Big Arroyo, Kern Canyon, and Mount Whitney through the finest scenery of the Sierra Nevada. The Kern Canyon is a 25 mile valley with 3,000 foot walls, fine fishing, and lovely waterfalls.

It is no exaggeration to state that any length of time from 1 day to all summer may be profitably and enjoyably spent in the park. New beauties and natural wonders will be unfolded each day.


1858 Giant Forest discovered by Hale Tharp, of Three Rivers, Calif., in September. 1861 First ascent of Moro Rock by Hale Tharp and George and John Swanson. 1865 Last of Potwisha Tribe of Indians left the park area. 1873 First ascent of Mount Whitney by A. H. Johnson, C. D. Begole, and John Lucas on August 18. 1875 Giant Forest first visited by John Muir. 1879 Sherman Tree discovered and named by James Wolverton, August 7. 1881 Samuel Pierpont Langley conducted researches in solar heat on summit of Mount Whitney. 1881 First ascent of Mount Kaweah, by J. W. A. Wright, F. H. Wales, and W. B. Wallace. 1885 Clough Cave discovered by William O. Clough, April 6. "Kaweah Colonists" filed on Giant Forest land, October. 1886 Giant Forest North Fork Road construction commenced by colony. 1890 Park created by act of Congress on September 25; second national park to be established. 1891 First administration of park by Capt. J. H. Dorst, Fourth United States Cavalry, and troop. Entered park June 7. 1899 First official survey of park by Isaac N. Chapman. Completed in 1900. 1900 First appropriation ever granted for park operations ($10,000). 1902 First transportation and camp operations permittee, Broder & Hopping. 1903 First road into Giant Forest completed August 15. 1904 First automobile entered Giant Forest, May 24. Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Luper, Vallejo, Calif. 1905 First white child born at Giant Forest (Forest Grunigen) August 31. 1907 First telephone line constructed, Three Rivers to Giant Forest, 33 miles. First post office established at Giant Forest. (Ranger.) 1909 Stone house on top of Mount Whitney built by Smithsonian Institution for solar heat observations. 1914 Walter Fry appointed first civilian superintendent... Continue reading book >>

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