Yosemite Fall and Stream
Yosemite Fall and Stream – Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Brief History of Yosemite
4,000 years ago: Original inhabitants of Yosemite are Miwok , Paiute, and other Native American tribes. They call the Yosemite Valley Ahwahnee (place of the gaping mouth) and themselves Ahwahneechee.
1850: European Americans enter Yosemite looking for gold. Troops are brought in to eradicate the Native Americans.
1851: Yosemite’s first tourists arrive.
1855: During the heat of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signs the grant to preserve the Mariposa Grove saving the giant sequoias from the logging companies. This is the first US land set aside for preservation.
1864: First European American settlers arrive bringing cattle and sheep.
1889: Irish immigrant John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson concerned about the devastation of the Yosemite highlands caused by cattle and sheep grazing launch a campaign to stop the destruction.
1890: Congress sets aside 1,500 square miles of forestland. Soon after it becomes a National Park.
1906: Yosemite incorporates Mariposa Grove.
1916: Newly formed National Park Service takes over management of the park from US Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers (African American troops).
2013: Rim Fire becomes the sixth largest wildfire in California history burning 41,000 acres within the park to date…
Miwok and Paiute ceremony in 1872 at the current site of Yosemite Lodge