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  1. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst January 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    A little more on the naming of Lake Thomas A Edison. This was not a random tribute. The lake was built by and for the Southern California Edison Company, which was one of the many such utilities that had no direct connection with Edison but was under an obligation to use his name as a condition of using his patented tech. Although Edison was 20+ years dead by the time the lake was built, that cultural influence lived on. Lake TA Edison is not the first such installation that SoBo JMT hikers pass along the trail. Waugh Lake, off to the east of the trail is part of the Rush Creek Hydroelectric Project, which also includes Agnew Lake and June Lake, and is another SoCal Edison project, begun c.1915, courtesy of Gifford Pinchot who also brought you the better known Hetch-Hetchy project. Pinchot got the Rush Creek drainage, plus the Ritter Range, Minarets and asoiciated lake country carved out of the Yosemite Grant in about 1904-1906, paving the way for this earlier SoCal Edison Project and such other scenic delights is the Minarets Mine.

  2. Cindy
    Cindy January 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Amazing work, Peter. Thank you for your efforts.

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