Yosemite National Park. Location. Yosemite National Park lies in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is about 150 miles east of San Francisco. Location. Visiting Yosemite National Park. Over 3.5 million people visit Yosemite National Park each year.
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The Merced River begins in Yosemite National Park and flows west across central California.The Tuolumne River begins north of the Merced River, flows west across Yosemite, and through the San Joaquin Valley.
The First Inhabitants:
The Awaneechee Indians
Gold Miners take over in
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant to set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Redwoods as a state of California supervised public reserve.
1n 1890, John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of Century magazine, persuaded Congress into preserving the highlands of Yosemite as a national park. They wanted to protect the highlands from grazing and timber harvesting.
John Muir and a park
ranger at Yosemite.
John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in 1903 at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Both men were instrumental in the establishment of the National Parks System to which Yosemite belongs.
Merced River falls over a sheer; then it
flows across the Yosemite Valley.
The destination of most visitors