“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

A Home for Rangers

A Home for Rangers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
1. A Home for Rangers Marker
Photograph captions: (lower left) The Rangerís Club maintains its original function as home to park rangers. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985 for its significance in the development of the park rustic style; (background) Steven T. Mather on horseback.
Inscription. Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, employed park rangers to guide tourists and protect parks from poachers. In 1920, Mather hired architect Charles Summer to construct a home for members of his newly organized ranger force. Mather paid for the building out of his own pocket. In the design, Mather mandated that

“...particular attention must be devoted always to the harmonizing of these improvements with the landscape.”

A rustic style of architecture developed and is exemplified by the Rangerís Club and surrounding buildings in Yosemite Valley.

National Historic Landmark

In keeping with attempts to harmonize structures with the surroundings, architects used materials such as granite cobbles, peeled logs, and redwood shingles. The interior decoration owes much to the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century, incorporating forest, mountain, and American Indian visual elements.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 37° 44.856′ N, 119° 35.204′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County
A Home for Rangers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
2. A Home for Rangers Marker
. Marker is on Village Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yosemite Valley (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Hutchings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Tourism (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Story of Half Dome (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reawakening the Meadow (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Yosemite Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Muir... The Woodcutter (approx. half a mile away); The Ahwahneechee (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Yosemite Village near the Yosemite Museum.
Also see . . .  Ranger's Club - National Park Service. The Rangersí Club was constructed in the newly emerging National Park Service Rustic Style. This style of architecture became a cornerstone of the National Park Serviceís belief that buildings should blend with their natural surroundings and that natural settings should influence architecture. (Submitted on May 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Notable Buildings
The Ranger's Club image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
3. The Ranger's Club
Rangers' Club image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
4. Rangers' Club
The north side of the Rangers' Club showing the granite stones, peeled logs, and redwood shingles used in construction of the building.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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