Tuesday, May 22, 2018

California Historical Landmark #790

When Sharon and I visited Yosemite in 2009, I was irked that I couldn't find this historical marker. I spotted it right away when Jack, Sharon and I stopped at the Visit Center on this trip.

Yosemite Valley
California State Historical Landmark #790

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This landmark is mounted on entrance wall of auditorium building at the Visitor Center in Yosemite National Park. There are 7 other California State Historical Landmarks in Mariposa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 37° 44' 55.7" N 119° 35' 14.2" W.

California Historical Landmark #790

On June 30, 1864, in an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the United States granted the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California to 'be held for public use, resort, and recreation . . . inalienable for all time.' This, the first federal authorization to preserve scenic and scientific values for public benefit, was the basis for the later concept of state and national park systems. In 1906 the State of California returned the land, considered the first state park in the country, so that it could become part of Yosemite National Park.

California Historical Landmark #790

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