Joseph Strauss

The Redwoods, by Joseph B. Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge


 Here, sown by the Creators hand,

In serried ranks, the Redwood stand:

Not other clime is honored so,

No other land their glory know.


The greatest of Earth’s living forms,

Tall conquerors that laugh the storms;

Their challenge still unanswered rings,

Through fifty centuries of kings,


The nations, that with them were young,

Rich empires, with their forts far flung,

Lie buried now-their splendor gone

But these proud monarchs still live on.

So shall they live, when end our day,

When our crude citadels decay;

For brief the years allotted man,

But infinite perennials ‘span.


This is their temple, vaulted high,

And here we pause with reverent eye.

With silent tongue and owe- struck soul;

For here we sense life’s proper goal.


To be like these, straight, true and fine,

To make our world, like theirs, or shrine;

Sink down, Oh, traveler, on your knees,

God stands before you in these trees.


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German California History

California, wo wir leben.

German Heritage in California, by Dr. Gerhard Mack

The Giant Redwoods, Sequoia, named by Austrian

Germans in California, Tolzman, very good

William and John Wolfskill, Pioneers

Wolfskill set the tone in Solano County

The German Settlement in Anaheim,

Von Bessarabien to Lodi, Ca, Biography, in German

From Bessarabia to Lodi, Ca. in English

Germans on the Volga

Hermann Sons in California

Spreckels, John,San Diego,son of Claus,

Deidesheimer, Philipp, Mining engineer

The Redwoods,& Sequoia the Indian, Endlicher