Hetch Hetchy from Surprise Point

Photograph by J. N. LeConte


Hardly anyone knew Hetch Hetchy Valley. It was one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. Handsome cliffs and waterfalls in a charming setting. Trees to frame the vistas, meadows to look at and to lok from, natural beauty under foot and to walk by - a setting with open space, living space, that a million people might see and enjoy every year. It was very much like the Yosemite Valley the world knows today, just a few miles to the south.

Hetch Hetchy Valley  from Surprise Point before the dam - photo by J.N. LeConte.

First view into Hetch Hetchy Valley from Surprise Point


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