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Wawona in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Wawona Hotel

 
 
Wawona Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
1. Wawona Hotel Marker
Inscription. After several pioneer lodging structures were destroyed by fire, Henry Washburn and John Bruce had this building, opened in April, 1879, erected. Bruce died in it in 1882, but Henry, John, Edward, and later Clarence Washburn owned and operated it until November of 1932 when the property was sold to the National Park Service. Yosemite Park and Curry Co. operated the hotel from 1932 to October 1, 1993 when Yosemite Concession Services began its contract to serve park guests.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 32.207′ N, 119° 39.307′ W. Marker is in Wawona, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Wawona Road. Touch for map. Marker is located to the right of the stairs of the Wawona Hotel main building,. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8308 Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Art of Thomas Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Surviving Tunnel Tree (approx. 3.4 miles away); William Sell Jr. Memorial Bridge (approx. 8.3 miles away); Mt. Buckingham School
Wawona Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
2. Wawona Hotel Marker
Marker is to the right of the bottom stairs.
(approx. 10 miles away); Madera Sugar Pine Flume (approx. 11.2 miles away); Wassama Village (approx. 11.8 miles away); Yosemite Valley Railroad (approx. 11.9 miles away); Wassama Roundhouse (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  National Historic Landmarks in Yosemite. National Park Service webpage detailing National Historic Landmarks in Yosemite, which include the Wawona Hotel and Thomas Hill Studio (Submitted on December 3, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Thomas Hill Studio Display image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
3. Thomas Hill Studio Display
Informational sign on the Thomas Hill Studio, part of the larger Wawona building complex.
Thomas Hill Studio image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
4. Thomas Hill Studio
Wawona Hotel (main building) image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2013
5. Wawona Hotel (main building)
Wawona Hotel image. Click for full size.
6. Wawona Hotel
Close-up of photo on marker
Henry Washburn image. Click for full size.
7. Henry Washburn
Photo in the Wawona Hotel.
Albert Henry Washburn image. Click for full size.
8. Albert Henry Washburn
Photo in the Wawona Hotel
Wawona Hotel Fountains image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 5, 2015
9. Wawona Hotel Fountains
Restored October 1, 2011,through a grant from the Yosemite conservancy with the generous support of The Pigott Family Peter F. Hilf, Honoring his daughter, Mia Gabriella Hilf. DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
George Monroe, 1834 — 1886 image. Click for full size.
10. George Monroe, 1834 — 1886
Stage Driver for the Yosemite Stage and Turnpike company hired by John Bruce in 1866, he was an expert horse handler and highly valued for the care and safety with which he delivered guests and goods to Yosemite from the surrounding areas. George Monroe was credited with driving stages that delivered celebrity passengers as General Ulysses S. Grant, Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James Garfield, as well as actress Lily Langtree, The “Jersey Lily”.
Wawona Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 5, 2015
11. Wawona Hotel
Wawona Hotel<br>and Thomas Hill Studio image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 5, 2015
12. Wawona Hotel
and Thomas Hill Studio
has been designated a
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National
Historic Landmark
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This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America

1987
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
National Landmark Plaque<br>at the Wawona Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 5, 2015
13. National Landmark Plaque
at the Wawona Hotel
Galen Clark image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 5, 2015
14. Galen Clark
Sculpture inside the Wawona Hotel.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 3, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on June 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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