... Report of Yosemite National Park Commission. Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting the report of the Yosemite Park Commission appointed to ascertain what portions of said park are not necessary for park purposes, and also at what place a substantial road can be built from the boundary of said park to the Yosemite Grant. Together with maps, etc. ... [caption title]. Washington, 1904. 23 cm, pp.  2-51 [52: blank], 9 plates, 3 folded maps. First edition. Within Yosemite National Park boundaries were many private timber holdings and mining claims. To address this problem, between 1898 and 1904 nine bills were introduced in Congress to reduce the size of the park. In 1904 Congress appropriated $3,000 for a field investigation of park boundaries. The Interior Secretary appointed the Yosemite Park Commission consisting of H. M. Chittenden, Robert B. Marshall, and Frank Bond. The commission recommended a substantial reduction of the size of the park. The commission consulted the Sierra Club which agreed some areas should be eliminated, but considered the total proposed reduction too extensive. A letter outlining the club's position signed by John Muir, J. N. LeConte, and William Colby was included in the report. However, most of the commission's recommendations were followed when Congress passed legislation in 1905 to adjust the park's boundaries. The maps show proposed boundary adjustment, patented lands within the park, and projected road and electric railway routes through the Merced River Canyon. Ex-Bancroft Library copy with their "withdrawn" stamp at head of first leaf. Bound in modern cloth with leather title label on spine panel. Enclosed in a clamshell box with the three folded maps laid in. (#158282).
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