AUTOGRAPH LETTER DATED 12 AUGUST 1883 TO C. M. DIXON IN IOWA DESCRIBING A TRIP FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO YOSEMITE VALLEY, WRITTEN ON THREE SHEETS OF BARNARD'S YO SEMITE FALLS HOTEL STATIONARY. Six pages handwritten in purple ink on three sheets of purple and salmon hotel stationery, each with large wood-engraved illustration, "Yo Semite Falls Hotel, J. K. Barnard, Proprietor," signed in the block by H. Oliver, S. F. Sheet size 27x21.5 cm (10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches); with original mailing envelope, printed text on one side advertising the hotel, addressed on the other to C. M. Dixon in Iowa. The letter reads in part, "We arrived back at headquarters [San Francisco] last night about 7 o’clock We left here for Yosemite last Monday, We did not go the Madera Route as talked about at home but took what is called the Milton Road. We crossed the bay to Oakland took the train to Stockton changed cars went to Milton then took stage 90 miles to Yosemite Valley ..." There is more detail on the trip and excellent descriptions of the valley. The envelope is missing the original stamp and has replacement hinged stamp. Mailing creases, some wear at the folds; very good. Oddly, extant pre-1900 letters with Yosemite content are uncommon. (#167148).