Antique Old West Photo Album Central Pacific Railroad San Francisco Yosemite

Antique Old West Photo Album Central Pacific Railroad San Francisco Yosemite

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Antique Old West Photo Album Central Pacific Railroad San Francisco Yosemite:


Original 1888 First Edition of the “Pacific Coast Souvenir” :: Published by E.S. Denison: Oakland, California :: Measures 6 1/4 x 7 1/2" :: Complete with all pages.

CONDITION: A firmly bound volume, cracked hinges, generally clean pages, cover wear as shown, complete with all pages; overall a good condition example of this rare photobook.

THE PACIFIC COAST SOUVENIR is an antique Western travel Companion full of 46 Lithographic views picturing sites from the Central Pacific Railroad, Yosemite, San Francisco, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Portland, and many more. Below is included full views complete with descriptions:

1. DRIVING THE LAST SPIKE—The Central Pacific Railroad Company filed their certificate of incorporation at Sacramento on June 28, 1861. The railroad was completed eight years later, the last spike being driven at Promontory, Utah, May 9, 1869. upon which memorable day there was great joy along the Pacific coast.

2. CAPITOL AT SACRAMENTO—The capital city of California is Sacramento, situated on the river of that name, about forty miles from tidewater. This was the most important town in California in early days, and was the starting point of the Central Pacific Railroad.

3. AROUND THE BIG BEND (On the Shasta Route.) At the eighteenth crossing of the Sacramento River, the ruggedness of the country has made it necessary for the road and the river to part company, and in the climb around the Big Bend some of the most picturesque canon scenery of the whole country is displayed — such as the Sacramento Cañon, the River, Scott .Mountains, etc.

4. THE SOLANO. The transfer-boat Solano,"plying and carrying railroad trains between Port Costa and Benicia, over the Straits of Carquinez, is said to be the largest craft of her class ever built. Length, 424 feet; extreme width over guards, 116 feet; registered tonnage, 3541 tons.

5. EL CAPITAN—El Capitan is the northern portal of the gates to Yosemite

6. THE GREAT TELESCOPE—The refracting telescope of the Lick Observatory wears the belt at present as the largest in the world. It has a clear aperture of thirty-six inches. A disk of flint-glass for the object-lens, thirty-eight inches across and one hundred and seventy kilogrammes in weight, was cast at the establishment of M. Feil, in Paris, early in 1882.

7. LICK OBSERVATORY—Situated about fifty-five miles southeast of San Francisco, Mount Hamilton; The late James Lick selected this spot himself, spending a night upon this lonely summit after he had passed his eightieth year, and made a clause in his will granting $700,000 for the erection of a telescope " superior to, and more powerful than, any ever yet made."

8. & 15. CHINESE BUILDINGS—Chinatown as a whole (sometimes spelled without a Hi), is doubtless a rather deep-stained blot on the fair escutcheon of San Francisco. But there are some redeeming features of interest in it — one in particular being the queer things sold and eaten, which look like neither fish, flesh, nor fowl, and yet a combination of all three. Travellers should take a walk through the stores, and notice among other things the stolid and highly philosophical way the Celestials have of dispensing groceries and other strange-looking and questionable edibles; but if they want a really good cup of tea, or a splendid dinner, don't go to a Chinese restaurant!

9. POMPOMP ASUS—(Yosemite Valley. Elevation, 8ooo ft.) Wawhawke (the falling rocks), sometimes called Pompompasus (leaping-frog rocks), but now popularly known as the Three Brothers group, rises at its highest point to an elevation of 3830 feet above the valley, or nearly 8000 feet above sea level.

10. CLIFF HOUSE—(Near San Francisco.) The Cliff House is the "Land's End" of the West. The proud waves of the Pacific here raise an invincible barrier against the westward march of civilization's star.

11 & 27. RESTING ON THE GRADE—(On the Shasta Route.) This is a view of the old-time transportation days, when Wells, Fargo & Co.'s messenger carried a gun, the passenger carried a black bottle, and the driver carried everything ahead of him.

12. YOSEMITE VALLEY—(Elevation, 4030 ft.) This cleft, or gorge, or chasm, of the Sierra Nevada is not alone wonderful for the vertically of its walls, its profound depths, and its dizzy heights.

13. SISKIYOU SUMMIT—(On the Shasta Route.) This is the crossing of the Siskiyou Mountains, a geographical barrier between California and Oregon, a transverse ridge that marks the dividing line between the Sierra and the Cascades.

14. & 38. MUIR'S PEAK—(On thè Shasta Route.) Muir's Peak, named in honor of Mr. John Muir, Californian scientist, stands guard at the northern end of Strawberry Valley. Its elevation is about 6500 feet; it looks like a little brother of Shasta, and, but for its huge parent, would be thought an object of great interest in itself. There are five well-defined volcanic cones on and around it, and the railroad winds about its base, affording fine views of its symmetrical pine slopes.

16. CAP OF LIBERTY AND NEVADA FALLS—(Yosemite Valley. Elevation, 8050 ft.) The Cap of Liberty is one of those rounded, icepolished domes of granite that occur frequently throughout the Sierra in general, and the Yosemite in particular. It stands guard over the two grandest cataracts of the Merced River, — namely, the Nevada and Vernal Falls, — their combined heights being over one thousand feet.

17 & 19. HOTEL DEL MONTE—(On Monterey Bay.) The name "Hotel del Monte" is now synonymous with whatsoever things are lovely, comfortable, home-like, and elegant. All that money, good taste, and experience can do toward making a perfect seaside resort, has been done here. Three and a half hours' travel from San Francisco, through the choicest and most beautiful of California's valleys, brings you to Del Monte, and no one can afford not to go who is visiting this coast, and wishes to enjoy its best things.

18. PALACE HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO—The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, occupying an entire block, "or nearly two and a quarter acres," is one of the most striking features of San Francisco. It contains 750 rooms, reserved exclusively for guests. Standing in the courtvard, in which is ample room for a considerable number of carriages, and looking upward, the visitor will notice the balconies of the seven lofty stories, the immense glass roof, beneath which are graceful urns and vases containing tropical plants in luxuriant growth.

20. THE ROYAL GEORGE—The Royal Gorge, "D. & R. G. Railroad," is the climax of the sublimity of the Grand Canon of the Arkansas, through which the river makes its way to the plains.

21 & 22. THE YOSEMITE FALLS—Yosemite Valley, consist of a series of three falls, the total height of which is 2600 feet.

23. THE SUMMIT OF THE SIERRA—(On the C. P. R. R. Elevation, 7017 ft.) Possibly some conception of the grandeur of this sawtooth range may be gained when the summit is reached, the lowest point over which the iron-horse could climb being nearly one and a half miles above the sea. This elevation is attained in less than one hundred miles of travel.

24. THE FERRY-BOAT 'PIEDMONT—This is one of the large, handsome ferry-boats of the Southern Pacific Company, which ply between Oakland and San Francisco. Safety, speed, and elegance are the main characteristics of this fleet of transports, which carried during the year 1887 over seven millions of people across the bay.

25. CAPE HORN—(On the C. P. R. R. Elevation, 2600 ft.) Cape Horn, located a few miles east of Colfax, is the first of the heavy climbing across the Sierra. As the train rounds this point, the view on every hand is grand and awe-inspiring.

26. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA—Directly fronting the Golden Gate, on a gently sloping foothill of the Contra Costa Hills, there are located the State University of California and the smart town of Berkeley. Of the faculty, libraries, and the general apparatus for sliding the freshman into a scholarship, it is said there are few if any places in the great West equal to the Berkeley University.

28. SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco, the principal city of California, has not at the present writing reached her fortieth birthday; therefore, certainly, not her prime. Her population is supposed to be about 300,000; perhaps over, not under, that figure. Her situation geographically and commercially is certainly a very proud one; looking west to the commerce of Asia and Oceanica, north to the vast fisheries of Alaska and the illimitable resources of the Northwestern States, east and south over territories of enormous extent and capabilities.

29. CASTLE ROCKS—(On the Shasta Route.) This castellated ridge of granite is a spur of the Trinitv Mountains, which attains an elevation of 4000 feet above the river, and 6000 feet above sea level.

30. CARMEL MISSION—This mission church, prior to its restoration, was the most picturesque ruin in California. It was built by Father Lunipero Serra, in 1770, the pioneer apostle in California, whose dust lies in its quiet churchyard.

31. MOUNT SHASTA—(From Strawberry Valley, on the Shasta Route.) Shasta is grandly isolated from the main Sierra, and certainly looks to be, if it is not, by far the loftiest mountain in the United States. Good views are to be had of it from Strawberry and Shasta Valleys.

32. MISSION SAN XAVIER. ARIZONA—The mission San Xavier, at Tucson, is now over a century old, and is a type of what has been rather than what is, as to both its architecture and its interior embellishments. It has the gaudy decorations, the quaint towers, the chimes of old bells, the statues, and the bad paintings peculiar to the Spanish church architecture of last century.

33. WAWONA—Wawona is the title of that particular Big Tree through whose heart the coach-and-six drives with so much ease and room to spare. It is situated on a gently sloping hillside, toward the southern portion of the Mariposa grove of giants {Sequoia Gigantea).

34. SALT LAKE CITY—(Elevation, 4320 ft.) Salt Lake City, with its notable public buildings, elegant private residences, and substantial business houses, lies upon the low western foothills of the Wahsatch Mountains, near where they melt into the plain of the great Salt Sea.

34. THE TEHACHAPI LOOP—(On the S. P. R. R. Elevation, 4025 ft.) This famous loop, without a parallel in railroad building, was one of the ingenious ways devised for crossing an exceedingly rebellious range of mountains, which seems to be a fusion of the Sierra and the coast ranges.

35. GARFIELD BEACH—Garfield Beach is on the Eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, near the city, and is the popular bathing resort of the country.

36. GOLDEN GATE PARK—Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, has an area of 1040 acres, and is laid out in the shape of a parallelogram, extending from the western portion of the city to the ocean.

37. VIRGINIA CITY—(Elevation, 6500 ft. Terminus of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.) Virginia City is perhaps the most famous mining town in the world. The great Comstock lode, from which so many hundreds of millions of silver and gold have been taken, runs in a northerly and southerly direction under the town. The energy, courage, and skill developed in opening up this great lode is without a parallel in mining history.

39. DEVIL'S SLIDE—A parallel ridge of sharply serrated granite outcroppings that extend from the summit to the base of the south wall of Weber Canon, Utah. The steep, inclined avenue between these abrupt walls is now overgrown with grass, wild flowers, and vines, suggesting the idea that probably his Satanic Nibs has found quite enough to attend to further west, and has let his favorite slide go to grass.

40. PORTLAND, OREGON—Portland, the centre of trade and population of Oregon, is situated on the Willamette River, twelve miles above the Columbia, and, although about a hundred miles from the ocean, is practically a seaport town, as these rivers are navigable for ocean steamers and large ships as far up as Portland.

41. DONNER LAKE—(On the C. P. R. R. Elevation, 6130 ft.) Donner Lake is nestled down behind the summit of the Sierra, and is called the bright particular jewel of the mountains. There are on its shores magnificent pine forests, which extend away up into the clouds, and in its clear mirror scores of snowy peaks are reflected. Trout swarm in its cool depths, pleasure boats skim over its shining surface, and at night the stars come down to bathe in its pellucid bosom.

42. LAKE TAHOE—(12 miles by stage from the C. P. R. R. Elevation, 6200 ft.) This great lake wonder covers an area of one hundred and ninety-five square miles. It is a place of great resort on account of its clear, invigorating atmosphere, charming scenery, and the opportunities for sport and recreation on its waters. It is one of the greatest creations of that magnificent cluster of wonders found in what is called the "High Sierra," a territory extending south from Tahoe to Mount Whitney.

43. & 44. "WILLAMETTE PALLS—At Oregon City, Oregon, the whole volume of the Willamette River falls over a bluff that extends across the stream, furnishing not only an exceedingly picturesque and stupendous waterfall, but the finest power perhaps in the United States. Moreover, it furnishes the angler an opportunity, at certain seasons, of testing his skill in landing a twenty-pound salmon.

45. SANTA BARBARA MISSION—("Southern California.} This mission was founded on Dec. 4. 1786 the date of the celebration of the feast of Santa Barbara. It is one of the most interesting and well preserved of the old mission buildings.

46. MOSSBRAE FALLS—(On the Shasta Route.) Mossbrae Falls are located about one and three-quarter miles above Upper Soda Springs. They are scattered along the mountain side for about half a mile, and are not so much noted for their great height or the roar of their waters as for the charm of their surroundings.


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