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Theodore Solomons

1870-1947 Theodore Solomons - photo aken in Kings Canyon in 1895 upon Solomons' completion of a route from Yosemite to Kings Canyon which later became the John Muir Trail.
Theodore Solomons - Kings Canyon, 1895
Upon Solomons' completion of a route from Yosemite to Kings Canyon which later became the John Muir Trail.
  • "The Pioneer of the John Muir Trail."
  • Sierra Nevada explorer, surveyor, map-maker, photographer, and writer.
  • Theodore S. Solomons met Muir several times, and later wrote an article: Muir of the Nineties, Sierra Club Bulletin..
  • Solomons was the first to photograph the Tuolumne Canyon and such summits as Banner Peak and Mount Ritter. He discovered, and named, the great peaks of the Evolution Range. Most importantly, he had the vision for, and surveyed and mapped the major portion of the high mountain route that was to become the famed John Muir Trail of the High Sierra.
  • Solomons wrote of his acquaintance with Muir: "Muir was exceedingly generous in his encouragement of us younger mountaineers.... He gave to us much time, and was patient with our fool questions. No doubt I asked him many during my several visits to the Martinez ranch where the lover of pure wildness in nature made himself content for the most of each year with the quite tame pursuits of the fruit grower...."
  • For more information, see Shirley Sargent, Solomons of the Sierra: the Pioneer of the John Muir Trail (Yosemite: Flying Spur Press, 1989).



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