THE AUTHORS wish to gratefully acknowledge assistance
and support from many sources. From Sequoia and Kings Canyon national
parks came an enormous amount of support, including unlimited access to
records, free use of copying facilities, housing for Lary Dilsaver
during several long periods of archival research, and, most important,
genuine interest in the project. Particular thanks go to
then-Superintendent John H. Davis, to Sylvia Nichols, Anne Shepherd,
Larry Bancroft, Tom Nichols, David Parsons, and especially, for her
constant, unwavering support and encouragement, to Betty Knight. Special
thanks also go to National Park Service Western Regional Historian
Gordon Chappell, who brought together the two authors.
Financial assistance for the research came from the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of South
Alabama. The university also supplied research release time, clerical
assistance, and technical help without which this book might never have
been completed. At the university special thanks go to Vice-President
Jeral Williams, Dean S. Gene Crossley, Geology and Geography Department
Chairman Glenn Sebastian, and to Debbie Hopkins. Assistance also came
from Joyce Quinn at California State University, Fresno, and Stephen
Jett at the University of California, Davis.
Extremely critical was the support of John J. Palmer,
first as chief park interpreter for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national
parks, and, after May 1987, as Executive Director of the Sequoia Natural
History Association. His vision brought the book to fruition.
Special thanks also go to Sylvia Haultain-Tweed, who
provided excellent editorial advice and endured all the frustrations
inherent in a project of this sort.
To these individuals and institutions, and to many,
many others too numerous to list, the authors give their thanks.