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History of the Sierra Nevada Paperback – June 1, 1965
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If you want a broad overview of the history of the Sierras, particularly the High Sierras, then this is the book I would recommend. Farquhar's history is a very useful primer that touches on all important aspects of exploration of the High Sierra and the progress made from mere exploitation to preservation and recreation. Note that the focus is on the high country as the history of the foothills has been much more extensively surveyed.
The book covers the period from the first tentative Spanish penetrations, to the arrival of trappers and hunters from the east, then on to the settlers and further to the establishment of the National Forests and Parks in the region. Farquhar covers Jedediah Smith, John Fremont, Brewer, King, John Muir, and others who contributed so much to the exploration of the Sierras, the discovery of the important passes, the climbing of the peaks, and the naming of the natural features. He also writes of the subsequent struggle between those who wanted to exploit the mountains for all they were worth and those who felt that posterity had a stake in their partial preservation.Read more ›
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This is a well referenced and researched book. Farquhar knew many of the luminaries personally. It is interesting to me that "To provide access" was removed from the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dale E. Matson
A great and informitive read! The History of the Sierra Nevada covers a broad swath of California history. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by bkpkr