Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Grand Lodge
Call of Duty
Kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, movie stars and celebrities have all graced The Ahwahnee’s guest list. But during World War II, the artwork and fine furnishings moved into storage and the hotel was transformed into a Navy convalescent hospital. The Great Lounge became a dormitory for 350 sailors. At times, as many as 850 staff and patients occupied the grand hotel. Servicemen soon grew weary, as Yosemite was far away from loved ones and “civilization.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 37° 44.737′ N, 119° 34.457′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County Touch for map. hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Ahwahee Drive, Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); LeConte Memorial Lodge (approx. half a mile away); A Home for Rangers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Yosemite Valley (approx. ¾ mile away); Reawakening the Meadow (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Story of Half Dome (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Old Yosemite Village (approx. 0.9 miles away); James Hutchings (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
Also see . . . The Ahwahnee Hotel History. The site for The Ahwahnee, once a village of the native Miwoks, was chosen because of its exposure to the sun and stunning views of Yosemite's icons – Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. (Submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • War, World II •
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 449 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.