See the Sierras from a Saddle: Robinson Pack Train, Allie W. Robinson, Prop., ca. 1930

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See the Sierras from a Saddle: Robinson Pack Train, Allie W. Robinson, Prop., ca. 1930

BANC PIC 1992.014--ALB

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1997
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    October 1996
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: See the Sierras from a Saddle: Robinson Pack Train, Allie W. Robinson, Prop.,
Date: ca. 1930
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1992.014--ALB
Extent: 71 photographic prints in an album; black and white; album is 19 x 29 cm. 68 digital objects
Photographer: Frashers Foto (Pomona, California)
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is available for use.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], See the Sierras from a Saddle: Robinson Pack Train, Allie W. Robinson, Prop., BANC PIC 1992.014--ALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of H. Stewart Kimball, ca. 1992

Scope and Content

The See the Sierras album contains 71 black and white photographs on 68 pages taken by Frashers Foto Company of Pomona California, probably in the 1930s. The album was prepared as a promotional tool for the Robinson Pack Train in Independence, California. According to handwritten information opposite the title page in the album, the pack train, established in 1901, was the oldest in Eastern California. Allie W. Robinson, its proprietor, offered to pack deer hunters and trout fishermen to the 200 lakes and 150 miles of streams in the eastern Sierras.
The album includes views of many of these lakes and streams, including Gilbert Lake, Kearsage Lakes, Bull Frog Lake, Bubbs Creek, South Fork Kings River, Rae Lake, the "Sixty Lake Basin," Baxter Lake, Bench Lake, Whitney Creek, and Tulainyo Lake. Also included are a few views of Mt. Whitney and views of many peaks, trails, and other landmarks in the area including Onion Valley, University Peak, Kearsage Trail, Mt. Brewer, Glenn Pass, Dragon Peak, Fin Dome, and others. The album emphasizes the excellent trout fishing in the area with several photographs of fishermen and their catches. The captions in the container listing are the handwritten captions that appear on the album pages or photographs.

Container Listing


:1 See the Sierras from a Saddle. Back Country from Independence, Calif. [California]. Robinson Pack Train, Allie W. Robinson, Prop. [proprietor], Independence, Calif. Photos by Frashers, Pomona, Calif.


:2 Mt. Whitney Trout Hatchery, Independence, Calif.


:3 Onion Valley, Independence and Owens Valley from Kearsarge Pass Trail


:4 Gilbert Lake and University Peak. Independence, Cal. [California]


:5 Gilbert Lake, Kearsarge Pass Trail. Independence, Cal. [California]


:6 Through the Pines. Back Country from Independence, Cal. [California]


:7 Kearsarge Pinnacles and Lakes. Independence, Cal. [California]


:8 Center Basin


:9 East Vidette, Mt. Stanford, Deer Horn Mt., and West Vidette. Independence, Calif.


:10 Bull Frog Lake, via Independence, Calif.


:11 Bull Frog Lake, East Vidette, Deer Horn and West Vidette Mountains


:12 Charlotte Lake and University Peak


:13 "Rainbows" from Charlotte Lake


:14 Mt. Brewer and Bubbs Creek Canyon


:15 Bubbs Creek Falls


:16 Kings River Bridge. Bubbs Canyon Trail


:17 Robinson Will Show You Where to Catch Them


:18 Where Golden Trout Abound


:19 Golden Trout


:20 Mist Falls, South Fork Kings River


:21 Summit of Glenn Pass


:22 On Glenn Pass


:23 Mt. Brewer, East and West Guard Peaks, from Glenn Pass


:24 Rae Lake and Dragon Peak


:25 Fin Dome and Rae Lake


:26 Upper Rae Lake and Fin Dome


:27 Rae Lake and Fin Dome


:28 Robinson Pack Train at Rae Lake, via Independence, Calif.


:29 One of the Upper Lakes in "Sixty Lake Basin"


:30 South Fork Woods Creek and Pyramid Peak


:31 Robinson Pack Train, Established 1910


:32 Woods Creek


:33 Woods Lake


:34 Woods Creek


:35 For Good Fishing See Robinson's Pack Train


:36 Woods Lake


:37 Twin Lakes. Headwater of Woods Creek


:38 Independence Calif. Owend Valley and Oak Creek from Baxter Pass


:39 "See the Sierras from a Saddle"


:40 Pinchot Pass from Lake Majorie


:41 Mt. Pinchot and Pinchot Pass


:42 Limit Catches from Baxter Lake


:43 Bench Lake Upper Basin South Fork Kings River


:44 Bench Lake and Taboose Pass


:45 Bench Lake and Taboose Pass. South Fork Kings River


:46 Tulainyo Lake. Elevation 12865 Ft. [feet]


:47 Looking Down Kern Canyon from Moraine Lake Trail


:48 Scene in South American Lake Basin, Headwater of the Kern River


:49 Cotton Wood Lake


:50 Mt. Whitney, Elevation 14502 Ft. [feet]


:51 Crabtree Meadows on Mt. Whitney Trail


:52 Whitney Creek. Mt. Whitney in Distance


:53 Cabin on Summit of Mt. Whitney


:54 Mt. Whitney Pinnacles


:55 Owens Valley as Seen from Crest of Sierras


:56 View from Summit of Mt. Whitney


:57 Mt. Williamson from Summit of Mt. Whitney


:58 See the Sierra from a Saddle. Back Country from Independence, Calif. Scenery, Fishing and Hunting. Robinson Pack Train, Allie W. Robinson, Prop. [proprietor], Independence, Calif.


:59 One Day's Kill in the Independence Back Country


:60 "We Packed in with Robinson's Pack Train!"


:61 Killed at Junction of Woods Creek, via Independence, Cal. [California]


:62 Snow Field


:63 Grouse Meadows


:64 Tehipite Dome. Middle Fork of the Kings River


:65 Bubb's Creek Falls


:66 Rae Lake Reached by Robinson's Pack Train, Independence, Calif.


:67 Woods Lake, Where Trout Abound