The Awesomeness of Yosemite

Just back from a stay in Yosemite Valley. Just awesome…as it always has been.

So of course I came back and had to check on some of the history and other interesting information about the valley at the Archive. There’s a wealth of stuff found by simply searching “yosemite“.

This one from 1905 is one of the earliest with photos.  Lots of changes in the man-made aspects of the valley but not to the natural landforms that are so familiar and, well, awesome in the real sense of the word.
This 3rd edition from 1897 gives an account of the The Indian Wars that led to the discovery of Yo-Semite.
This one from 1873 might be the oldest book we have on Yosemite.
And of course there is “The Yosemite” by John Muir from 1912.

A great trip as always. The valley may be more crowded than a century ago but the experience is still inspiring and …awesome.

-Jeff Kaplan

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4 Responses to The Awesomeness of Yosemite

  1. Thank you very much

  2. Very cool! Congrats on your 1,000,000th digital scan.

    We just embedded a copy of Lester’s book on Yo-Semite to our on-line travel magazine.

    Wonderful travel nostalgia.


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  4. omeany says:

    I’ve never been to Yosemite but have always wanted to visit.

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