“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)

Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley

Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
1. Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley Marker
Click on photo to view photos and captions displayed on marker.
Inscription. Nowhere else on earth are there so many spectacular waterfalls in such a concentrated area.

During the spring, torrents of water from melted snow thunder over Yosemite's precipices. By August, the "ephemeral" falls disappear; others, like the Cascades before you, dwindle to a mere trickle.

Spectacular, but Dangerous
Ahwahneechee legend warns of the danger of approaching too near a waterfall. The story of Po-ho-no (Bridalveil Fall) tells how an Indian woman fell into the creek and was swept over the waterfall, never to be seen again. Since then, Po-ho-no has been dreaded as the home of a powerful spirit.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 43.441′ N, 119° 42.719′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on El Portal Road 1.7 miles west of Big Oak Flat Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Journey to Yosemite (here, next to this marker); President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); A Storied Landscape
Bridalvail Falls image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
2. Bridalvail Falls
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. 3.3 miles away); Glaciers at the Gate (approx. 3 miles away); El Capitan (approx. 3 miles away); A Varied View (approx. 3 miles away); A View Through Time (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
Categories. EnvironmentNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
Yosemite's Yesterdays image. Click for full size.
By Flying Spur Press
3. Yosemite's Yesterdays
The old Big Oak Flat Road into Yosemite was a major route to the Valley from 1874 until 1940. Bridalveil Falls may be seen across the Valley in this circa 1900 picture.
Description on postcard
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 26, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   2. submitted on March 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 9, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of the cascades mentioned in marker text. • Can you help?
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