Category: History

Hetch Hetchy: Pros and Cons of Restoration

What are the issues, pro and con, on restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley. Is it simply a matter of storing the water elsewhere? Let’s think about that.


Yosemite of Yesteryear – Early Hotels Revisited

Big Trees Lodge (Wawona)

Hotels and other buildings in Yosemite have come and gone during the first 100 years. I have published a number of posts on the subject. In this post offer links to those posts so they may be easily revisited.


Yosemite Pioneer Cemetery – Revisited

Yosemite Cemetery

In the cemetery at Yosemite rests some of the pioneers of the first 100 years of Yosemite’s history. Though few, if any, were “household” names, some played fundamental roles in Yosemite’s beginnings. Some worked in and around Yosemite. Others were visitors. Some were Native Americans whose ancestors inhabited the Valley long before the first westerners entered.


John Muir and The Pacheco Pass

“Looking eastward from the summit of Pacheco Pass one shining morning, a landscape was displayed that after all my wanders still appears as the most beautiful I have ever beheld.” — John Muir, The Yosemite


I Am NOT a Historian

I have, in the past (most recent past), allowed myself to be called a “Historian.” But, no, I am NOT a Historian.


Galen Clark – Guardian of Yosemite (1814-1910)

Galen Clark is probably Yosemite’s most influential person. He gave Yosemite his heart and soul constantly for over 50 years; more time than any two other, more famous characters of Yosemite’s first years. So why isn’t he better known?


James Mason Hutchings – Revisited

James Hutchings was probably the biggest promoter of Yosemite in the early days. He was hardly in the forefront of Yosemite’s evolution, but he was there and with recurring frequency. I posted a mini-biography on him last January.