Mariposa Grove of Big Trees

Feb 18, 2013 by

mariposaMariposa Grove of Big Trees: a short history of the Mariposa big trees & the Yosemite Valley was originally published in 1910. I use the word fascinating a lot, but this history of the large trees in Yosemite lives up to the word.

From the preface:

This group is included in a tract of land that was granted to the state of California by the United States in 1864, and accepted by the State Legislature in 1866. The grant contains 2,589.26 acres. The name given to the Grove is due to the latter’s position in Mariposa county. Ceded to the United States by the State in 1905. The several groups that make this grove number 627 individual trees. When the species was discovered, botanists contended over the name, but finally adopted Sequoia Gigantea for these trees. For their smaller and more numerous cousins, the redwood of commerce, the name Sequoia Sempervirens was given. George Geuss was the Cadmus of the Cherokees; he invented the alphabet which made the Cherokee a written language and gave it a literature. His Indian name was Secjuoia, and this was chosen by the botanists and dendrologists for these big trees. This grove is no less a wonder than the Yosemite. Indeed to many the trees arc more wonderful than the valley, because they live.

….The Bachelor is 69 feet in circumference. The height of these trees is 240 feet. On the right hand road there are ten trees called the Cathedral Group, average circumference 40 feet, height 240 feet. On this road is the Fallen Monarch, nearly 300 feet in length, and 26 feet in diameter. This is the tree on which “F” Troop, 6th United States Cavalry, were photographed, and a six horse stage was also photographed on this tree. Above the Fallen Monarch is a tree called Sacramento, circumference 66 feet, height 235 feet. On the turn above Sacramento is a tree called the Corridor, 72 feet in circumference and height 240 feet. This tree is very much burned. On the road towards the Grizzly Giant is a large fallen tree called the Emperor Norton. There is a grove of small Sequoias near this tree. The largest Sequoia in the Lower Grove stands immediately by the road. It is called the Grizzly Giant. Its time-worn and rugged appearance is in keeping with its name. It has several very large limbs, one of which is 100 feet from the ground, and 20 feet in circumference. It is 104 feet in circumference at the base and 224 feet in height. It is estimated that this tree is about 8,000 years old and contains 1,000,000 feet of lumber.”


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