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Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Story of Half Dome

 
 
The Story of Half Dome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
1. The Story of Half Dome Marker
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Inscription. Millions of years ago the granite block of Half Dome was larger, but there was never a matching half. Undercut by glaciers near the base, slabs of rock fell away from a broad vertical crack in the granite, leaving a sheer face. Remnants of the missing rock still project from Half Dome's rim.

There are more granite domes here than in any other place in the world. Massive granite domes form when large curved layers of rock "exfoliate" or slab off.

An Anwahneechee Tale of Half Dome
Long ago, two travelers, Tissiak and her husband, Tokoyee, fought with each other. He became so angry that he began to beat her; enraged, she hurled her basket of acorns at him. As they stood facing each other, they were turned to stone for their wickedness. The acorn basket (Basket Dome) lies upturned beside Tokoyee (North Dome) and the rock face of Tissiak (Half Dome) is stained with her tears.
 
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
 
Location. 37° 44.604′ N, 119° 35.376′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Sentinel Drive 0 miles north of Southside Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Story of Half Dome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 3, 2015
2. The Story of Half Dome Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reawakening the Meadow (a few steps from this marker); The Old Yosemite Village (within shouting distance of this marker); James Hutchings (approx. mile away); Early Tourism (approx. mile away); A Home for Rangers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Yosemite Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ahwahneechee (approx. half a mile away); John Muir... The Woodcutter (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNative Americans
 
Half Dome image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk
3. Half Dome
Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.
Thomas Moran etching , 1887 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 3, 2015
4. Thomas Moran etching , 1887
Close-up of etching on marker
Half Dome image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 3, 2015
5. Half Dome
Close-up of photo on marker
Yosemite Valley<br>Southern Pacific image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 3, 2015
6. Yosemite Valley
Southern Pacific
Close-up of 1910 poster on marker
Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge postcard c. 1940 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 3, 2015
7. Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge postcard c. 1940
Close-up of photo on marker
Half Dome from the Sentinel Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 3, 2015
8. Half Dome from the Sentinel Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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