“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)

Early Tourism

Early Tourism Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
1. Early Tourism Marker
Inscription. After leading the first tourist party into Yosemite Valley in 1855, entrepreneur James Hutchings promoted the Valley’s “Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity” in his own .California Magazine. Not long after, a steadily increasing stream of visitors traveled to the Valley on foot, by horseback, and later by stagecoach. Makeshift hotels were often strained beyond capacity as news of Yosemite’s scenic wonders spread.

Inspiring a Nation
Artist Thomas Ayres, who accompanied Hutchings on the first trip to Yosemite, drew some of the first sketches of the Valley. Hutchings later published these works in his magazine, giving the nation its first glimpse of Yosemite’s spectacular beauty. Ayres was the first of many artists inspired by the wonder and awe of Yosemite Falls. Photos caption: Since the days of these early tourists, millions of visitors – just like you – have captured their Yosemite experience in images of Yosemite Falls; (relief on left) Thomas Ayres’ drawing of Yosemite Falls, 1855.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 44.787′ N, 119° 35.555′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker can be reached from Northside Drive,
Early Tourism Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
2. Early Tourism Marker
on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located on the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. The trail is a loop with two entrances off of Northside Drive. This marker is nearer the eastern entrance. 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. James Hutchings (here, next to this marker); The Ahwahneechee (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Yosemite Village (approx. ¼ mile away); The Story of Half Dome (approx. ¼ mile away); Reawakening the Meadow (approx. ¼ mile away); John Muir... The Woodcutter (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Home for Rangers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Yosemite Valley (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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