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Biographical Memoir of Clarence King: 1842-1901 (Classic Reprint)

Biographical Memoir of Clarence King: 1842-1901 (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 9781360628134
Publisher: Wentworth Press
Publication Date: 2016-08-24
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Excerpt from Biographical Memoir of Clarence King: 1842-1901
Indians, which proved a by no means useless though. Sometimes troublesome adjunct.
In the following May the party proceeded to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama, but it was near the end of July before all the necessary preparations had been made and they took up their march from Sacramento across the Sierra Nevada to their field of work.
In these days, when the West is covered by a network of rail ways, it is difficult to conceive of the obstacles that had to be overcome in carrying out so ambitious a work as that which King had planned. Of the transcontinental railroads but a few miles at either end had yet been constructed. The territories of Utah and Nevada were represented on most maps of the day as one broad desert, and it was considered doubtful whether sufficient water and grass could be found there to support a camping party.
Through such a country it was designed to carry, not a simple meander survey along a previously chosen route, as had hitherto been the custom in military explorations, but the detailed map ping, both topographical and geological, of an area about 100 miles in width, which finally extended nearly miles in length.
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