Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A View Through Time
Tunnel View - Yosemite National Park
A Burning Tradition
Miwok people, who called themselves Ahwahneechee, lived in Yosemite Valley for thousands of years. Their traditional practice of regularly burning the meadows and oak woodlands of the Valley contributed to the open landscape first seen by the Mariposa Battalion.
“The whole valley had the appearance of park-like grounds, with trees, shrubbery, flowers and lawns.”
Lafayette Bunnell, 1880.
From this breathtaking viewpoint into Yosemite Valley, you can see three of its remarkable features: El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall. In March 1851 a local militia (known as the Mariposa Battalion) was dispatched to the area in search of Miwok people suspected of attacking a trading post. The group stumbled upon this view and became the first Euro-Americans to enter Yosemite Valley.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 43.296′ N, 119° 38.886′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Varied View (here, next to this marker); El Capitan (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glaciers at the Gate (about 500 feet away); Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. 0.4 miles away); President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. ¾ mile away); The Ahwahneechee (approx. 3.3 miles away); James Hutchings (approx. 3½ miles away); Early Tourism (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
Also see . . .
1. Mariposa Indian War, 1850-1851 - The California State Military Museum. On March 19, 1851, the Commissioners signed a treaty at Camp Fremont with six tribes. However, the Yosemites (Miwok) and Chowchillas (Yokut) were absent, so the campaign against them began on March 19. The companies of Boling and Dill moved against the Yosemites, and discovered their valley on March 27. However, the battalion was forced to march in 3- to 5-foot snow drifts and in rain and sleet and found few Indians. (Submitted on May 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Discovery of the Yosemite, and the Indian war of 1851, which led to that event. by Lafayette (Submitted on June 8, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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