A Glorious Day’s Outing. “Zig-Zag.” Select Excursions to Mt. Tamalpais.

A Glorious Day’s Outing. “Zig-Zag.” Select Excursions to Mt. Tamalpais.

[San Francisco], ca. 1902. Illustrated broadside, 19 x 18.8 cm.

This appealing and apparently unrecorded broadside advertises hiking excursions up Mt. Tamalpais, some 22 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County, California. “Personally conducted” by one Dawson Mayer, these excursions accommodated up to 60 people and cost $2.50, including a luncheon at the Tavern of Tamalpais. Offered between May and August, the first outing was on Monday May 5th. Included here are two inset illustrations, one showing a party of hikers standing on an overhang near the summit and waving, and the other showing a single hiker seated on a ledge looking out on the Pacific. As the term “Zig-Zag” suggests, the ascent evidently included numerous switch-backs.

An excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle notes:

Few ever think of recommending a trip to the summit of Mount Tamalpais as affording on a clear day on of the finest views of sea, bay, river, mountain and valley obtainable on the continent. And yet visitors who have traveled the world over have said that the ride to and from the summit and the view on the mountain top surpass anything they ever saw or experienced here or elsewhere.

The advertisers promise an outing “you’ll never forget.”

Not in OCLC.

CONDITION: Good; minor tears and chipping at margins.

Item #4906

Price: $295.00

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