Pacific Coast Souvenir, 1888.


41. DONNER LAKE. (On the C. P. R. R. Elevation, 6130 ft.) Donner Lake is nestled down behind the summit of the Sierra, and is called the bright particular jewel of the mountains. There are on its shores magnificent pine forests, which extend away up into the clouds, and in its clear mirror scores of snowy peaks are reflected. Trout swarm in its cool depths, pleasure boats skim over its shining surface, and at night the stars come down to bathe in its pellucid bosom.

42. LAKE TAHOE. (12 miles by stage from the C. P. R. R. Elevation, 6200 ft.) This great lake wonder covers an area of one hundred and ninety-five square miles. It is a place of great resort on account of its clear, invigorating atmosphere, charming scenery, and the opportunities for sport and recreation on its waters. It is one of the greatest creations of that magnificent cluster of wonders found in what is called the "High Sierra," a territory extending south from Tahoe to Mount Whitney. Its waters are perfectly pure, blue, and cold, and as transparent as the sky. Sailing across its surface has been likened to a voyage in a balloon.

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