The Yosemite Grant

Gates of the Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
Gates of the Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

June 30th marks the 152nd Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. Authorized by Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, it was the humble beginnings that established Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove as the first protected wilderness in the country. It also created California’s first State Park, and ultimately led to the creation of America’s National Park System.

In the years that followed, the tireless efforts of conservationist John Muir persuaded the government to protect the surrounding land as well and on October 1, 1890 Yosemite National Park was born. Never one to miss an opportunity to share the beauty and magic of his beloved home in the Sierra, Muir’s eloquent words convinced President Theodore Roosevelt and the state authorities to include Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park and in 1906 it was signed into law.

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and as part of the ongoing celebration, the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, Ansel Adams Gallery, and the California State Parks are hosting numerous events throughout the year. It’s a great time to visit Yosemite, explore the Park’s history, and celebrate America’s Best Idea.

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