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May 15, 1863: Walker Pass Road

May 15, 2013

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Highway 178 west of Walker Pass; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

I resolved to go through Walker’s Pass and return, as the great work of this year is to examine the geological characteristics of the Sierra Nevada, and it was thought best to cross the chain at as many points as is possible. We thought the Indians were quiet, and it was considered safe.

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Cottage Grove Cemetery, east of Onyx (vicinity of Roberts'); by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

[Today] we started and rode up the pass twenty-five miles, following up the Kern River, which for this distance flows in a valley often a mile wide. The bottom is barren granite sand, however, and produces but little feed. A few houses along the way were deserted since the Indian troubles, but at twenty-five miles a man by the name of Roberts holds his place in spite of the Indians, and here we stopped. He has a field fenced with some feed, and we got supper and breakfast, sleeping out in the field near the house.

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