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Calaveras Big Trees

Author : Carol A. Kramer
ISBN : 0738581186
Genre : History
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Augustus T. Dowd could scarcely believe his eyes when he stumbled upon one of nature's majestic wonders in 1852. Hunting down a wounded bear in the hills above the mining camp of Murphys, Dowd instead found a tree of mammoth proportions. After initial skepticism about the size of these trees, news of Dowd's discovery quickly spread. Local businessmen soon acquired the grove of 100 mammoth trees, or giant sequoia, and built accommodations for travelers. Thus began one of California's earliest tourist attractions in 1853. Dedicated as a California State Park in 1931, Calaveras Big Trees State Park hosts 250,000 annual visitors who come from around the world to marvel at these wondrous giants in their magnificent natural surroundings.

California State Park Rangers

Author : Michael G. Lynch
ISBN : 0738559938
Genre : History
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The first park ranger in the world was appointed in California in 1866. Galen Clark was chosen as "Guardian of Yosemite," at what was then Yosemite State Park, and the concept of rangers to protect and administer America's great nature parks was born. The tradition continued in 1872 with the establishment of the first national park at Yellowstone. From the earliest days, park rangers have been romanticized; they are explorers, outdoorsmen, tree lovers, animal protectors, police officers, nature guides, and park administrators. The park ranger has become an American icon, whose revered image has maintained itself to this very day.

Out Of Thin Air

Author : Nancy Eileen Muleady-Mecham
ISBN : 0979505534
Genre : Giant sequoia
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An explanation of how trees, in particular,the giant sequoia, grow using the elements. It's told in a fun way with colorful cartoon illustrations but with a wealth of scientific information aimed at elementary and middle schoolers.

Kings Canyon National Park

Author : Ward Eldredge
ISBN : 0738569607
Genre : History
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Hemet

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ISBN : 073855846X
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The breathtaking San Jacinto Valley, with Mount San Jacinto on its eastern boundary, is home to the community of Hemet, conceived by two developers in the late 19th century. These San Francisco entrepreneurs built the Great Lake Hemet Dam, Lake Hemet, and the distribution system from the mountain lake to the valley, which provided a year-round water supply. With fertile lands and abundant water, people were lured from the East Coast and Midwest to purchase land and settle in the fledging town and on the farmlands around it. From its origins as a farm town, Hemet evolved as a retirement center and a bedroom city, as well as a bustling commercial hub. Along the way, it became the home of the world-famous Ramona Outdoor Play. Indeed Hemet prospered, and in 2008 more than 150,000 people live in the city and on surrounding lands.

Around Murphys

Author : Judith Marvin
ISBN : 073852994X
Genre : History
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Murphys is a bustling little town in the foothills. Originally named for the trading camp of John and Daniel Murphy, the area became a boomtown during the Gold Rush, and later hosted such notables as Mark Twain, Black Bart, Ulysses S. Grant, and Horatio Alger. Nearby, the majestic stands of redwood at Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand sentinel over the gullies and ranches of this area, which has changed much since the 1800s, becoming a favorite spot for weekend jaunts and nowadays a home to a growing number attracted by the natural surroundings, laid-back lifestyle, and, increasingly, world-class wineries.

King Sequoia

Author : William C. Tweed
ISBN : 1597143510
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The mammoth trees of California -- To name is to know -- A grove called Mariposa -- An arboreal mecca -- Yet grander forests -- A wandering Scot -- Free for the taking -- Of tunnel trees and national parks -- For the greater good -- A source of inspiration -- Science and time -- Running into limits -- Words as grand as trees -- Belonging to all -- Kindled light -- Worth the fight

Glorious Trees

Author : Salvatore John Manna
ISBN : 1545034842
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In 1887, one of the most famous men of science in the world visited California. Englishman Alfred Russel Wallace had conceptualized around the same time as Darwin the "survival of the fittest" cornerstone of natural selection, the lynchpin for the theory of evolution. "Glorious Trees: Alfred Russel Wallace in California" chronicles for the first time his nearly two-month sojourn, from his visits to the natural wonders of Yosemite and the Calaveras Big Trees to his meetings with the state's most eminent scientists and pivotal figures such as conservationist John Muir and politician and businessman Leland Stanford; from a highly publicized s�ance and his determined support of Spiritualism to his lectures on Darwinism. What Wallace did and said in California, where he was and who he met, connected him to a bewildering and sometimes bemusing range of people and subjects, from environmentalism to the beginnings of Stanford University; from the Calaveras Skull and one of the greatest hoaxes in natural history to Spiritualism and its colorful frauds; from the mechanized revolution in agriculture to, unbeknownst to him, perhaps the most famous poem in American history, "Casey at the Bat." Significantly, his 1886-1887 American journey was the first and only speaking tour of his lifetime and his lecture on Spiritualism in San Francisco his first public speech anywhere on that subject. Nowhere in America did Wallace immerse himself in nature as completely and nowhere were there cathedrals of nature he wanted most to worship at than those in California. Nowhere in America was his personal connection stronger than in California as well and the story of his '49er brother John is integral to understanding Wallace's time in California. As attested by the journal he kept along the way and the letters he wrote during his travels, which form the basis of "Glorious Trees," nowhere in America was Wallace more himself than when he was in California. The branches of "Glorious Trees: Alfred Russel Wallace in California" extend as far and as wide as those of the Sequoias Wallace so admired. "Glorious Trees" contributes an until-now unexamined portion of his life to the biography of one of the most fascinating men in the history of science.

Trees In Paradise A California History

Author : Jared Farmer
ISBN : 9780393078022
Genre : History
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Traces the history of such iconic Californian vegetation as orange trees, giant redwoods, and palm trees, including the impact the vegetation had on the people living and working in the state.

The Enduring Giants

Author : Joseph H. Engbeck
ISBN : CORNELL:31924000386684
Genre : Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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