|Author||Douglas Houghton Campbell|
|Cross Reference ID|
|Journal||The American Naturalist|
|Organization||The American Society of Naturalists|
|Publisher||The University of Chicago Press|
|Reference Key||Campbell 1899|
|Reference Tags||Travel, Natural History, Historical, Cedar Decline, Sitka, Flora|
|Title||The North Pacific Coast|
|Summary|| Of interest primarily for the window it provides into another time, this article is a travelogue relating some observations and reflections made by the author (head of the botany depart at Stanford at the time) on a two week vacation to Sitka in June 1898. Travel was by steamer-ship trip from Tacoma through the inside passage with northbound stops at Wrangell, Juneau, and Skagway, and a brief visit to Glacier bay on the return trip.
The first three pages describe the trip from Sacramento to Tacoma and the area around Tacoma. After a description of the trip north, the bulk of the remainder of the article is spent discussing the landscape and flora he observed in while in Sitka.
One paragraph from the section about the trip stuck out as seeming to describe Cedar Decline:
"Everywhere the shores are heavily wooded to the water's edge -- indeed, the whole coast from Puget Sound to Sitka is covered with an almost unbroken forest, where the trees stand so close together that the dead trees are held upright by their living companions. These bleached skeletons, seen everywhere in the forest, give to it a very peculiar aspect." (page 394)