photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Dave Wyman | all galleries >> Mountain Home - Photography Amongst the Giant Sequoias > Sierra Bathtub - An Enduring Mystery
previous | next
Sierra Bathtub - An Enduring Mystery

Sierra Bathtub - An Enduring Mystery

What are the Sierra Bathtubs (also known by several other names, including Indian Bathtubs)?

Are these naturally formed holes in the relatively solid granite (this one partially filled with mud and rainwater), or were they created by the conscious efforts of American Indians? And if they were created by humans, to what purpose? The answers are not known. We do know the bathtubs seem to be associated with Sequoia groves and often enough seem to set in a more or less straight line. This is one of perhaps a dozen found on the western edge of Mountain Home, and other bathtubs are scattered around the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

We also know humans seasonally inhabited this portion of the Sierra Nevada, in a place we today call Sunset Point, for several thousand years. These people largely disappeared from this region of the Sierra Nevada a few years after the 1848 Gold Rush brought thousands of immigrants into Califoria.


other sizes: small medium large original
previous | next
share
Debi14-Jul-2008 23:49
Hmm.
Type your message and click Add Comment
It is best to login or register first but you may post as a guest.
Enter an optional name and contact email address. Name
Name Email
help private comment