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Impearls: HIC A.0: Afterview

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Earthdate 2005-11-12

Afterview

Fig. B (N): Excerpt of NW portion of: State of California, North Half. U.S. Geological Survey 1:500,000-scale series.
Fig. B (S): Excerpt of NW portion of: State of California, North Half. U.S. Geological Survey 1:500,000-scale series.

Figure B – State of California, North Half (excerpt of Northwest portion).
U.S. Geological Survey 1:500,000-scale state map series. B
Legend to map shown at half scale
(miles or km on legend are twice as far as on map)
 

The foregoing map reveals the modern territory, complete with contour lines, starting with the city of Eureka on the northwestern coast of California (a little north of Cape Mendocino and Punta Gorda at which points the coastline turns from trending generally northwestward toward north), all the way past the mouth of the Klamath, thence to beyond California's Crescent City, and on to the California-Oregon frontier.

What's changed since the above U.S. Geological Survey map was published is that since that time the Yurok Reservation has split off into a separate reservation from the Hoopa Valley Reservation.  This means that the entirety of the indian reservation segment shown from Weitchpec at the confluence of the Klamath River and the Trinity, downriver on the Klamath to its mouth is now Yurok Reservation, and indeed the Yurok Indians are now officially the most populous tribe (approaching 5,000) in California today.  Notice on the map the way the boundaries of what's now the Yurok Reservation follow the Klamath at about a mile's distance on both sides from the river.  A mile on either side happens to be the same distance from the river per Kroeber's account as where private claims to the land ceased.  (It's not clear that there's a connection there, mind you, but I find it quite fascinating.)  Beyond the Yurok Reservation proper, the Coast Yurok have separate tribal existence in Trinidad Rancheria and Big Lagoon Rancheria shown on the map.

The green areas (excepting the other-green county-line boundary) are National Forest lands (still available for Indians to hunt and fish on, and visit, as Americans generally can do).  Notice how much of the area is included in the rose-colored constellation of state and national parks — e.g., Redwood National Park and its lesser known kin.  This area incorporates some the grandest, most stunningly imposing and splendid landscapes (or perhaps one should say forest-scapes) on the planet.

See the legend to the map here at half scale (miles or kilometers on the legend are twice as far as shown on the map).



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