The City That Was - A Requiem Of Old San Francisco By Will Irwin


The Bohemian Club, whose real founder is said to have been the late
Henry George, was formed in the '70s - Page 20
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The Bohemian Club, Whose Real Founder Is Said To Have Been The Late Henry George, Was Formed In The '70s By Newspaper Writers And Men Working In The Arts Or Interested In Them.

It had grown to a membership of 750.

It still kept for its nucleus painters, writers, musicians and actors, amateur and professional. They were a gay group of men, and hospitality was their avocation. Yet the thing which set this club off from all others in the world was the midsummer High Jinks.

The club owns a fine tract of redwood forest fifty miles north of San Francisco on the Russian River. There are two varieties of big trees in California: the Sequoia gigantea and the Sequoia sempervirens. The great trees of the Mariposa grove belong to the gigantea species. The sempervirens, however, reaches the diameter of 16 feet, and some of the greatest trees of this species are in the Bohemian Club grove. It lies in a cleft of the mountains: and up one hillside there runs a natural out of doors stage of remarkable acoustic properties.

In August the whole Bohemian Club, or such as could get away from business, went up to this grove and camped out for two weeks. On the last night they put on the Jinks proper, a great spectacle in praise of the forest with poetic words, music and effects done by the club. In late years this has been practically a masque or an opera. It cost about $10,000.

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