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‘Walking the Farm’ by Tom DeMund

Walking the Farm

The Stanford Campus and Beyond

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Walking the Farm by Tom DeMund

Price: $24.95
KDF Publishing
September 2017
241 pages

18 Themed Walks Exploring the Stanford Campus,
20 Local Hikes from the Foothills to the Bay

Written by Tom DeMund, Walking the Farm is rooted in the Bill Lane Center for the American West’s annual tradition of hiking the Stanford campus and its environs to trace the links between the university, its founders Leland and Jane Stanford, and the dynamic region it helped shape. From the transcontinental railroad to postwar atomic research, and onward to the rise of Silicon Valley, walk in the footsteps of generations past.

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Walking the Farm by Tom DeMund

18 Themed Walks Exploring the Stanford Campus, 20 Local Hikes from the Foothills to the Bay

Written by Tom DeMund, Walking the Farm is rooted in the Bill Lane Center for the American West’s annual tradition of hiking the Stanford campus and its environs to trace the links between the university, its founders Leland and Jane Stanford, and the dynamic region it helped shape. From the transcontinental railroad to postwar atomic research, and onward to the rise of Silicon Valley, walk in the footsteps of generations past.

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The Stanford Campus – and Beyond

18 themed walks through the Stanford campus, guiding you past notable architecture, sculptural works, and historic features; plus another 20 hikes on university lands, nearby parks, and nature preserves, as well as more distant hikes in the surrounding hills and along the bay.
Photo: Jrissman via Wikimedia Commons

Highlights


Arts and Architecture

Sports and Leisure

Lost and Found Stanford

Birth of Silicon Valley

Traces of 1906

Campus and Beyond

To the Ocean... In a Day
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Color Maps and Detailed Directions

The book features highly detailed maps in full color, with walking routes, points of interest, building information, terrain and other natural features, and trail markers. Some walks also offer alternative driving directions.

From the Foreword by David M. Kennedy

David M. Kennedy
Donald J. MacLachlan
Professor of History,
Emeritus Former Founding Co-Director
Bill Lane Center for the American West
The Bill Lane Center for the American West is proud to publish this walker’s guide to Stanford and its environs. Some years ago, the Center inaugurated a tradition, which has inspired Tom’s title: “Walking the Farm.” Acknowledging the University’s familiar nickname, rooted deeply in the Stanford family’s relation to this unique place, the Center in turn adopted that nomenclature from a venerable Midwestern practice, whereby farmers annually trod the perimeter of their acreage to check on fences and gates and roads and pumps — and to see how their neighbors are doing. The Bill Lane Center still annually sponsors Walking the Farm around the 8,000 acres that compose Stanford’s incomparable landscape.


 

Advance Praise for Walking the Farm

The University as a place has found its most striking expression in the Anglo-Saxon world (think of Oxford, think of the University of Virginia, think of Stanford). Universities are also places to which students and alumni feel connected for the rest of their lives. Memories include the architecture and the physical setting. Tom DeMund’s book makes it possible to explore all aspects of Stanford, the quintessential Western campus. This guide book is wonderfully comprehensive and can be used by readers with very different proclivities.
Gerhard Casper, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Stanford University
Director, Freeman Spogli Institute
A great resource for exploring the Stanford campus and its serene natural beauty.
Daniel Hartwig
University Archivist, Stanford Libraries
Alumni from past years often visit the Stanford Campus and wonder about all the new buildings that have popped up on the Farm since they attended the university. Tom’s book is a marvelous guide to the old and new facilities that now grace the Stanford campus. A map with each chapter helps readers easily follow the route of each campus walk described in Walking the Farm. Enjoy!
Howard Wolf
President, Stanford Alumni Association
Walking the Farm is a delightful combination of storytelling and appreciation for the beauty of the Stanford campus and its surrounding communities. I found it thoughtful and a fun read–now I can hardly wait to work through all the hikes!
Laura Jones, Ph.D.
Director, Stanford Heritage Services and
President of Stanford Historical Society
Not surprisingly, Tom DeMund’s new book offers up plenty of useful information for the walker, horticulturist, and wilderness adventurer in us. What also make the book particularly delightful, and endearing to historians and anyone who likes a good story, are the historical accounts on Stanford landmarks including the Quad, Old Chem, and the Row.
Charlotte K. Glasser, Ph.D.
Administrative Officer
Stanford Historical Society
Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West has been an enthusiastic partner with Tom in creating this book. I’m sure Bill Lane of Sunset magazine fame, if he were alive today, would be a cheerleader for Walking the Farm. He would have appreciated how the book expertly conveys Leland and Jane Stanford’s spirit of the American West.
Bruce E. Cain, Ph.D.,
Director of the Bill Lane Center for the
American West and Stanford Professor

About the Author

Tom DeMund is a graduate of Stanford (albeit not recently). He is a lifetime member of the Stanford Alumni Association as well as a member of the Stanford Historical Society, the Block S Society, and the Stanford Founding Grant Society. He and his wife have been football season ticket holders for many years and have been on six international Stanford Alumni Travel trips.

The author is also a member of many environmentally oriented organizations including: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Pacific Crest Trail Association, California State Parks Foundation, Bay Ridge Trail Council, American Hiking Society, Save the Redwoods League, Northern Sierra Partnership and The Trust for Public Land.

Tom’s first venture in writing a hiking book resulted in his 2001 publication of Feather River County Adventure Trails, which described 101 hikes in California’s Plumas and Sierra Counties. In 2015, he published a fully updated sixth edition which followed on the heels of his very successful prior editions. His book has sold over 15,000 copies (certainly not Harry Potter numbers, but not bad for a hiking book) and is considered by many to be the “hiker’s bible” for hiker-friendly trails in this region of the Sierra. The author is now retired from a career in commercial/industrial investment real estate. He and his wife live in Graeagle, California (the bulls-eye of the Feather River country located 48 miles northwest of Truckee) during the summer and the rest of the year in Sausalito, California.

Walking the Farm by Tom DeMund

Price: $24.95
KDF Publishing
September 2017
241 pages
ISBN: 9780967974064

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Walking the Farm by Tom DeMundThe book is available now for direct purchase from the publisher and from the Stanford University Bookstore.

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