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June 18, 1864: Rabbit Meadow

June 18, 2014

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Big Meadows; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr


Camp 166

[Today] we came on here, about eight miles farther, over a region fully as rough, sometimes through forests, and at others over and among rocks. We at last struck a trail that has recently been cut for the purpose of bringing in cattle. We came to camp here, by a little meadow, where our animals have good grass and we plenty of wood and water. It is at an altitude of about 7,800 feet. Here is a succession of grassy meadows—one called the Big Meadows is several miles in extent—and some men have cut a trail in and have driven up a few hundred cattle that were starving on the plains. Back of these lie the sharp and snow-covered peaks of the crest.

Specimens collected: Mimulus montioides

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  1. June 18, 2014 2:10 pm

    From my perch on top of Buck Rock Fire Lookout in the Sequoia National Forest, I daily gaze upon the lovely and impressive mountain peak named for the author of this fascinating diary, William H. Brewer. It was only yesterday when visitors Bradley and Karla of Visalia introduced me to your blog – coincidently 150 years ago to the day that the Whitney Survey party arrived at Rabbit Meadow and Big Meadows – both a stone’s throw from my lookout tower. Thank you so much for reliving such an interesting history of an area that is near and dear to my heart (I also happen to live near Mill Creek – another stop along Brewer’s trek). I am hooked and can’t wait to read more.

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    June 19, 2014 5:14 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind comments! You are in a great part of the state…and I do envy you your view.

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