The Awesomeness of Yosemite

Just back from a stay in Yosemite Valley. Just awesome…as it always has been.

So of course I came back and had to check on some of the history and other interesting information about the valley at the Archive. There’s a wealth of stuff found by simply searching “yosemite“.


This one from 1905 is one of the earliest with photos.  Lots of changes in the man-made aspects of the valley but not to the natural landforms that are so familiar and, well, awesome in the real sense of the word.

http://www.archive.org/details/discoveryofyosem01bunn
This 3rd edition from 1897 gives an account of the The Indian Wars that led to the discovery of Yo-Semite.

http://www.archive.org/details/yosemiteitshisto00lest
This one from 1873 might be the oldest book we have on Yosemite.

http://www.archive.org/details/yosemite00unkngoog
And of course there is “The Yosemite” by John Muir from 1912.

A great trip as always. The valley may be more crowded than a century ago but the experience is still inspiring and …awesome.

-Jeff Kaplan

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7 Responses to The Awesomeness of Yosemite

  1. Thank you very much
    Regards

  2. Very cool! Congrats on your 1,000,000th digital scan.

    We just embedded a copy of Lester’s book on Yo-Semite to our on-line travel magazine.

    Wonderful travel nostalgia.

    Thanks!

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  4. Wow! I loved seeing your Yosemite image. I have never been there but it’s right on the top of my list of places to go and photograph! Very interesting links to articles too!

  5. Alfred Carrick says:

    Yes it’s a great place, but go there in the winter or early spring,other wise its like the Outer drive in Chicago trying to get around. Native of California.

  6. Amit poudel says:

    Its so great to view the front page of the book .

  7. San says:

    One of my all-time favorite places is The Ahwahnee Hotel (built in 1927) close to Glacier Point, Upper Yosemite Falls, and Vernal Falls. It’s charm at it’s best.

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