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

The Journey to Yosemite

The Journey to Yosemite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
1. The Journey to Yosemite Marker
Click on photo to view photos and sketches seen on marker.
Inscription. Tourism in Yosemite began long before it became a national park. In the 1850s, daring visitors endured long days of rugged travel on foot and horseback. Indian trails led them to never-to-be-forgotten views of Yosemite.

Entrepreneurs were soon competing to establish hotels and stage roads to cater to Yosemite-bound travelers. A rail line up the Merced Canyon to El Portal served passengers from 1907 to 1945.

The Lure of Falling Water
Reports of fabulous waterfalls tempted tourists to make the long and arduous trek to Yosemite. Engravings of waterfalls were among the first views of Yosemite ever published.

Early twentieth century Yosemite visitors could travel from San Francisco or Los Angeles to El Portal by train. From El Portal, they transferred to horse-drawn or motor carriages for the last few miles to Yosemite Valley.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 43.439′ N, 119° 42.718′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on El Portal Road 1.7 miles west of Big Oak Flat Road, on the right 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley (here, next to this marker); Yosemite Valley's First Visit by White Men (approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing); President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); A Storied Landscape (approx. 3.2 miles away); Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. 3.3 miles away); Glaciers at the Gate (approx. 3.5 miles away); El Capitan (approx. 3.5 miles away); A Varied View (approx. 3.5 miles away).
More about this marker. Click on "Nearby Markers" to view photos of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the waterfalls.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker regarding the Yosemite Valley Railroad.
Categories. EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 81 times this year. Photo   1. 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.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement