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History of the Sierra Nevada, Revised and Updated

Francis P. Farquhar


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From the time it was sighted by Spanish explorers in the eighteenth century through the creation of the John Muir trail, the building of the Hetch Hetchy Dam, and the founding of the Sierra Club, the great snowy range of California has provided fulfillment to generations of trappers, immigrants, engineers, naturalists, and tourists. This mountaineering classic was the first to synthesize into a single, riveting narrative all of the varied aspects of human endeavor related to the history of the Sierra Nevada. Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, the book continues to be indispensable for any lover of the high country.

Praise For History of the Sierra Nevada, Revised and Updated

"With competence born of a deep affection and hard-won knowledge of the mountains, Farquhar has produced the book to read about California's high country." 

— Natural History

"For the mountaineer, for the camper, for the lover of the high country, and for the historian. . . .Farquhar has lovingly performed a service of consuming interest and significant utility. . . .Thoroughly enjoyable."

— Geographical Review

University of California Press, 9780520253957, 278pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2007

About the Author

Francis P. Farquhar (1887-1974) was a renowned mountaineer, former president of the Sierra Club, and author of several guidebooks to the Sierra Nevada. Mt. Francis Farquhar in Kings Canyon National Park is named in his honor.