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Near Fish Camp in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Celebrating the Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias — Yosemite National Park

 
 
Celebrating the Mariposa Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2014
1. Celebrating the Mariposa Grove Marker
Inscription.  
Trees Worthy of a Nation's Protection, June 30,1864
In the midst of the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act. This established Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove as the first federally protected wild places in the nation.

This visionary act, the first time in history that a tract of wild land was set aside by a government to preserve it for the enjoyment of all its citizens, planted the seed of an idea that would spread around the world — that the wonders of nature are not only our inheritance, but also our responsibility.

Inspiring the National Park Idea
The idea of protecting wild places for the enjoyment of everyone has since taken root, and now the National Park Service protects more than 400 sites, including Yosemite, for this and future generations.

Generations of Stewardship
American Indians have stewarded the Mariposa Grove for over 3000 years, including using fire to manage giant sequoia habitat. Contemporary tribal groups maintain vibrant cultural and spiritual connections to the Mariposa Grove and partner with the National Park Service in
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the protection of this sacred landscape.

The California State Park system was created in 1864 as a result of passage of the Yosemite Grant. Management of the Grove later shifted from the state of California to the US Army Cavalry and finally to the National Park Service in 1916.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and Yosemite Conservancy.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 30.161′ N, 119° 36.583′ W. Marker is near Fish Camp, California, in Mariposa County. Marker can be reached from Mariposa Grove Road, 2.1 miles east of Wawona Road (California Route 41). Marker is rightmost panel of a three-panel interpretive kiosk. It can be accessed via hike or shuttle from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza in Yosemite National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fish Camp CA 93623, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sustaining the Mariposa Grove (here, next to this marker); A New Vision for an Ancient Grove (here,
Marker detail: President Lincoln & Yosemite Grant Act image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: President Lincoln & Yosemite Grant Act
next to this marker); The Surviving Tunnel Tree (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enduring Giant (approx. half a mile away); Wawona Hotel (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Art of Thomas Hill (approx. 3˝ miles away); Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jones Store (approx. 8˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fish Camp.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
 
Also see . . .
1. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant. In 1864, as the Civil War raged across the divided states, President Abraham Lincoln took time away from military matters long enough to sign a two-paragraph bill that would change the course of American landscape forever. (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. This is why Teddy Roosevelt turned Yosemite into Federal Land. Yosemite needed a champion and, in 1903, halfway through his presidency, the park found one in Teddy Roosevelt. He signed the American Antiquities
Marker detail: Stagecoaches image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Stagecoaches
Stagecoaches, which carried small numbers of early visitors to the Grove, would soon give way to the multitudes of automobiles and buses today.
Act of 1906 that transferred the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove under federal protection and control. A decade later, when the National Park Service formed in 1916, Yosemite had its own agency to protect it, thanks to Roosevelt’s efforts. (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir
President Theodore Roosevelt with John Muir, center, and party at the Grizzly Giant, 1903.
Marker detail: Tribal Groups & Yosemite National Park image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Tribal Groups & Yosemite National Park
Today, tribal groups partner closely with Yosemite National Park to continue to manage the Grove in a way that respects the traditional use and sacred quality of this place.
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Interpretive Kiosk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Google Maps Street View
6. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Interpretive Kiosk
(rightmost of three panels in kiosk)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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