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Lower Colony Mill Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This route was forged by the Kaweah Colonists, a utopian socialist group intent on filing several claims to land in the Giant Forest. Built mainly with hand tools, this road led to a site near the old Colony Mill Ranger Station, where a portable sawmill was erected. In 1890, the establishment of Sequoia National Park thwarted the Colonists’ plans. Thirteen years later, the route was extended to the Giant Forest by the U.S. Cavalry and served as the first road into the park until 1926, when the Generals Highway opened. It is now used as a hiking trail."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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