Big Trees

Image of The Big Tree Cottage Area

The Big Tree Cottage Area
by Frances E. Bishop and Judith Cunningham (Marvin), 1988

Certainly the groves now known as the Calaveras Big Trees were known to prehistoric populations. Among the earliest Americans to claim discovery were John Bidwell, who asserted that he traveled through the grove in 1841 on his way over the Sierra Nevada. Several emigrants, including the William B. Prince party, the Flanders party, and a Missouri doctor, recorded their impressions of the North Grove as they traveled westward in 1849 (Bishop, personal papers).