“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)

Selling the Sublime

Selling the Sublime Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
1. Selling the Sublime Marker
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Inscription. Mirror Lake's magnificent scenery was as much a commodity to be harvested as was the ice and sand. In the 1860s, entrepreneurs built a toll road to the lake, and here at the end of the carriage road, they opened an inn in 1870. Later the inn became a saloon, boats were available for hire, and a dance pavilion was built out over the water for the entertainment of guests.

Fragile Wilderness
Since the early days of Yosemite's preservation as a park, an understanding of wilderness has slowly evolved as people recognize wilderness as finite and fragile. A growing sense of wilderness stewardship characterizes Yosemite and its visitors today. Nature and its processes are allowed to prevail without our attempts to improve them.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 44.937′ N, 119° 33.019′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Touch for map. The markers found along the Mirror Lake Trail. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Visitors at Mirror Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Bracken Fern and Baskets (within shouting distance of this marker); A Seasonal Lake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mirror Lake Resources (about 700 feet away); Natural Dam (about 800 feet away); The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Grand Lodge (approx. 1.3 miles away); LeConte Memorial Lodge (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
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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 233 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 26, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • 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 Mirror Lake. • Can you help?
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