Image from page 138 of “The pioneers of ’49. A history of the excursion of the Society of California pioneers of New England” (1891)
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Title: The pioneers of ’49. A history of the excursion of the Society of California pioneers of New England
Year: 1891 (1890s)
Authors: Ball, Nicholas
Subjects: Society of California Pioneers of New England
Publisher: Boston, Lee and Shepard
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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turesque bays known to the navigator than those ofSan Francisco and San Diego? Is there a beach more beautiful than that of Santa Cruz orMonterey, Santa Barbara or Santa Monica, Oceanside or Coronado? Have the islands, therocky cliffs, the bold headlands, the ever varying, never wearying panorama of the 1,000miles of coast line belonging to California their superior in all this broad world? Whether it be peaceful valley or rugged mountain, vast glacier or gushing artesiarufountain,immense snow field or lovely strand, blue sky or purple sunset, desert desolation or thehighest types of mans skill as a husbandman, all these in their perfection exist in the GoldenState. What State so seldom sends out an emigrant! What State is more worthy of alllove and admiration bestowed upon it? Not, it is true, the California that men have made it,— in all respects. There is all toomuch to cause the Californian, who has the best good of his home at heart, to blush; but the oS X w > 0 oz zw r >
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WIJfTER OJ^ THE SIERRA. 109 California that God made, and upon whicli He has left the impress of His hand in suchunmistakable fashion,— the California cf untrodden forest and unmeasured mountain, ofvalleys filled with happy natives and unfrightened game, of other valleys where the water hasmade fruitful gardens from a desert, of beautiful cities and lovely homes; not the Californiaof the desperado and the land grabber, of the destroyed forest and the ruined stream, andall the unlovely insignia of mans greed and carelessness for the welfare of others, but theCalifornia of nature untrammeled, as well as nature controlled and developed by the skillfulhand and artistic sense of intelligent man. Let the tourist leave his Eastern home after the winter season shall have commenced.Journeying westward, the same climatic exigencies common to all the country east of theSierra are encountered. Icy winds sweep the plains, snow lies to a depth of many feet uponthe face of the earth, the windows o
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