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Galen Clark and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

On this day in 1814 Galen Clark was born in Shipton, Canada East (now known as Quebec). As a young man, he became part of the great westward migration.  He first headed to Missouri, where he met his wife Rebecca McCoy, who bore him two daughters. Unfortunately, his wife waste die far too young. It’s believed …

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“Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest

Yosemite National Park is conducting a “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest.  This contest is open to anyone 25 years of age or younger who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park.  The deadline to submit the short films is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014. Film themes …

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June 30, 1864 – Yosemite Grant

  On this day in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill drafted by both houses of the 38th Congress of the United States officially creating the Yosemite Grant.  While Yellowstone ultimately became the first National Park, this was the first instance of park land being set aside for preservation and public use by the federal government. …

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Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Logo Unveiled in Yosemite National Park

In 2014 it will have been 150 years since Galen Clark and Senator John Conness worked with the General Land office and the Interior Department to draft a bill to protect the Yosemite valley. The bill passed both houses of the 38th Congress of the United States and was signed on June 30th, 1864, officially …

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