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The astonishing scenery of Yosemite National Park is known throughout the world, primarily for the soaring granite outcroppings and graceful waterfalls around Yosemite Valley. But this park is much larger than just the valley. Relatively few visitors get to experience Yosemite’s vast expanses, whether south to Wawona and Fish Camp or east to White Wolf and Tuolumne Meadows. Indeed, it was John Muir’s efforts to protect the meadows and hills around the valley that ultimately led to the establishment of Yosemite National Park in 1890. The state park, which had been established in 1863 and consisted of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, was added to the federal park in 1913.
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Yosemite historian Leroy Radanovich has written extensively on the park and Mariposa County, and in this volume he explores the park’s surprisingly diverse history. Included here are images of Yosemite’s military and mining history, as well as the road that crossed the Sierra. Some of the settlements and mining camps shown here still survive, while others are merely shadows. Nonetheless, the outer zones of the park hold much intrigue and little-known history, all of which enriches this national treasure.