Fish Camp in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Surviving Tunnel Tree
The Wawona Tunnel tree fell in 1969 after serving as a portal to the past for over 75 years. Although weakened, the California Tunnel Tree survives today and offers us a glimpse into early tourism promotion and transportation. Both trees were helpful in publicizing the Mariposa Grove and promoting its inclusion into Yosemite National Park in 1906.
Location. 37° 30.206′ N, 119° 36.514′ W. Marker is in Fish Camp, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Mariposa Grove Road. Touch for map. In the Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fish Camp CA 93623, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wawona Hotel (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Art of Thomas Hill (approx. 3½ miles away); Madera Sugar Pine Flume (approx. 8.9 miles away); William Sell Jr. Memorial Bridge (approx. 9 miles away); Wassama Village (approx. 10.9 miles away); Wassama Roundhouse (approx. 11.3 miles away); Giant Sequoia Cutting (approx. 11.8 miles away); Little Church on the Hill (approx. 11.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Frequently Asked Questions, Tunnel Tree. "Why not cut a new tunnel tree?" many visitors suggest, when they discover that the Wawona Tree can no longer be driven through. Times change, however, and actions proper for one generation may not fit the needs and goals of a succeeding generation. Our expectations of national parks have changed immensely during the past half century. When our national parks were young, cutting tunnels through sequoia trees was a way to popularize the parks and gain support for their protection. In those early days, national parks usually were managed to protect individual features rather than to protect the integrity of the complete environment. Today, we realize that our national parks represent some of the last primeval landscapes in America, and our goal in the parks is to allow nature to run its course with as little interference from humans as possible. Tunnel trees had their time and place in the early history of (Submitted on June 18, 2015.)
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