The Cedars of Lebanon

Chicago Record-Herald

At an elevation of about six thousand feet above the sea, on the left of the road to Baalbek, is a group of the noblest specimens of the vegetable kingdom in the East, which are believed to be thousands of years old and the remnant of the far-famed cedars of Lebanon, of which David and Solomon sang, and from which came the timbers for the Temple.

The term Mount Lebanon is misleading. There is no peak of that name, which is applied to a lofty range with several conspicuous summits extending about one hundred miles from the neighborhood of Damascus to the sea, and being about twenty-five miles broad from base to base. The most elevated peaks are Mount Hermon, 9,383 feet; Daharel-Kudhib, 10,020 feet; Jebel-Makmai, 10,016; El Miskych, 10,037; Fum-el-Mizab, 9,900; Sannin, 8,900 feet. These peaks are broken by rugged ridges, precipitous cliffs, and deep gorges. A parallel range, which does not reach to so great a height, is known as Anti-Lebanon.

In Answer to a Criticism
October 16, 1902

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