REDWOOD COUNTRY by Alfred Powers


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Another volume in the American Folkways Series, written by an authority on the area of which he writes,- the redwood districts of northern California and southern Oregon and the lava (better known as rim rock) regions along their borders. Here are history, aneodotes, stories of people of the region, descriptions of scenic beauty, and so on. There's the story of Hee-li, Chinese ship captain who accidentally landed on the California coast in the third century BC, because a bug had gotten into what was then the equivalent of the compass; stories of the Indian tribes and their customs; the Spanish missionaries and explorers; lumbermen tales; gold discoveries and searches for lost mines; the courageous Captain Jack who led the Modocs in a revolt and was betrayed by his own men; descriptions of the trees and forests, of Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta, famous people who came from the area or were associated with it,- Robert Louis Stevenson, Joaquin Miller, Walt Whitman, Bret Harte, Grant, and so on. More of the raconteur than the naturalist here, but with the facts the tourists will want to know-and those whose interest in these giants of the forests makes anything concerning them important. Brief space is given to certain phases of conservation. There have been other more interesting titles in the series, but the California centenary will stimulate special interest this year.

Pub Date: July 20th, 1949
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce