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Picking Near a Fallen Redwood c. 1918


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Before the automobile became affordable, traversing the mountains via horse and buggy or open-sided stagecoach could prove to be a difficult and was not taken lightly. By the 1910s, however, many San Joaquin Valley residents were temporarily escaping the summer heat to picnic in the mountains. At the time, the Forest Service disapproved of campers and picnickers because they increased the risk of forest fire. It was not until the 1920s that designated picnic areas were created to limit the risk of fire and pollution.