Wawona in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Yosemite Valley's First Visit by White Men
This plaque erected by Jim Savage Chapter 1852, Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, November 4, 1962.
Erected 1962 by Jim Savage Chapter 182, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 37° 42.946′ N, 119° 40.631′ W. Click for map. East end of the Wawona Tunnel where one gets the first views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. The marker was located in the lower parking lot. Marker was in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. one mile away); Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. 1.4 miles away); Glaciers at the Gate (approx. 1.6 miles away); El Capitan (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Varied View (approx. 1.6 miles away); A View Through Time (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Journey to Yosemite (approx. 2 miles away); Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley (approx. 2 miles away).
More about this marker. The Brass marker erected in 1962 was removed by the Yosemite Historical Society president in 1969 when she decided to put her own marker in its place. The ECV marker was not returned to E Clampus Vitus, nor was it ever seen again. A later renovation of the East View location outside the tunnel resulted in the removal of the second marker as well. Many informational plaques are now located at the East View location.
Regarding Yosemite Valley's First Visit by White Men. The Indian Scouts led the Mariposa Battalion over the ridge and prodded their horses on down the narrow path, but the men behind them stopped and stared in awe at what they saw. It was the first time a non-native had viewed the valley and the majestic peaks and waterfalls. To the scouts, it was just another trip into the valley, to the men behind them, it was a new discovery and a view unrivaled in their travels.
Also see . . .
1. One Hundred Years in Yosemite. Muster Roll of a Volunteer Battalion under the command of Major James D. Savage, mustered into the service of the State of California by James Burney, Sheriff of Mariposa, pursuant to an order from his excellency, the Governor of the State of California, bearing date January 24, 1851, at Aqua Frio, February 10, 1851: (Submitted on September 21, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
2. James D. Savage, Indian Fighter, and Explorer of Yosemite Valley. Chapter III from Pathways: A Story of Trails and Men (1968), by John W. Bingaman (Submitted on September 21, 2011.)
Categories. • Natural Features • Notable Places • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 718 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on . 2. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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