The Yosemite Guide-book
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Josiah Dwight Whitney
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE YOSEMITE VALLEY. The Yosemitc Valley is situated a little south of east from San Francisco, .and is distant from that city about 155 miles in a direct line: but by either of the routes usually travelled it is nearly 250, as will be seen from the annexed tables, which give the estimated distances of the Valley from Stockton, by each of the three routes which it is possible to take by the ordinary public conveyances. Stockton itself, usually called 120 miles by water from San Francisco, is now reached by steamboat from the city in about twelve hours. Boats leave .San Francisco at four o'clock P. M., and arrive at Stockton early the next morning, in ample time to connect with the stages which leave the last-named place for various points in the mountains at six o'clock A. M. A railroad between the two cities will probably soon make some changes in the time of leaving both. From Stockton there are, nominally, three routes to the Yosemite: but, of late, almost all the travel has been by two of them, the third, that by Big Oak Flat, being almost entirely neglected. Yet this is the most direct line to the Valley, passengers by either of the other routes making a considerable detour to the south. A straight linc from Stockton to the Yosemite passes directly through Big Oak Flat, and the distance is only ninety miles in an air-line. A railroad has also been talked of for some time between Stockton and Copperopolis. This would shorten the time to the Yosemite considerably, and perhaps bring the Big Oak Flat route into fashion. Those who can afford it will do well to hire private conveyances at Stockton, as the stages are often crowded and uncomfortable, the arrangements on the route not having been hitherto made with reference to the comfort of pleasure travelle...