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Near Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Jack London's Terraces Shaped the Land for Preservation

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
1. Jack London's Terraces Shaped the Land for Preservation Marker
Inscription. London's workers graded the steeper fields before you into stair-steps to prevent erosion. Traveling to Japan and Korea as a war correspondent in 1904, London had seen how well terracing worked.

"What I never been able to understand was why they could keep on for forty centuries in China getting good crops out of the soil, while in this country it was regarded as exhausted in forty years. I made up my mind that it was all a matter of the way we handled our soil... I had noticed the way the soil was washed down the hillsides by the rains, and I determined to prevent that, which I did by grading the land, making it over into rolling contours and abrupt terraces. It's the only way such land should be cultivated anyway, as it gives a chance for good, long furrows along the hillside. But the big thing about it is that by these new contours I keep the moisture in the soil and do not let it dissipate itself by seepage and evaporation." -- Jack London

"There you see one of Jack's many striking hobbies - terrace farming. When Jack brought these 1500 acres they had been abandoned by six different ranchers, and each had done his level best to exhaust the soil and squeeze it of last profit possible, till the ground was as sterile as a piece of cement. Jack attacked the problem with his usual zeal, and there you see the results
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
2. Jack London's Terraces and Marker
of his efforts, an abundant profitable crop." -- Eliza London Shepard, Ranch Superintendent, 1917
 
Erected by California State Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 38° 21.294′ N, 122° 32.868′ W. Marker is near Glen Ellen, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from London Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen CA 95442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eucalyptus - The Cash Crop that Failed (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Winery (within shouting distance of this marker); "We live in a beautiful part of the country." (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack and Charmian London Entertained Here (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jack London experimented (about 400 feet away); Jack London Had A Dream (about 600 feet away); Horse Power and Manure (about 600 feet away); Jack London Historical State Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Ellen.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Beauty Ranch in Jack London State Historic Park. The Park is at the end of London Ranch Road.
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironment
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
3. Jack London's Terraces
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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