Historic Tales of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park: Big Trees Grove

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Visiting the redwoods in nineteenth-century California meant coming to Big Trees Grove, now part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This forest of giants in the Santa Cruz Mountains attained fame through the 1846 exploits of explorer John Charles Frémont, whose namesake tree still stands. Saved from the logger’s axe by Joseph Warren Welch in 1867, these were the first coastal redwoods preserved for public recreation. As a world-renowned resort for sixty years, Big Trees Grove hosted thousands of visitors—from picnickers to presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt. Join author Deborah Osterberg as she recounts the stories of those first visitors and the awe-inspiring landscape they preserved for future generations.
ISBN: 9781467142953
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Landmarks
Images: 84
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Deborah Osterberg volunteers at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, where she shares the early resort-era history of Big Trees Grove. While obtaining a degree in history and geography at CSU Chico, Deborah began working for the National Park Service at Yellowstone and Sequoia–Kings Canyon National Parks. After sixteen years working at national parks around the country, she moved back to the Bay Area to assist researchers at the National Archives at San Francisco. Deborah now lives in Bonny Doon.
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