Yosemite National Park: A Boxego Moment in History - 26th September 1890

Sep 26, 2013

A Boxego Timeline journal entry...

Yosemite National Park was created by an act of Congress on 26th September 1890. The park is famous for the Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations, the latter being the largest granite monolith in the U.S.

It is also home to the 2,425-foot-high Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest waterfalls and the one of most renowned grove of giant sequoias, the world’s biggest trees.

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As well as being home to over five hundred black bears, Yosemite is home to deer, coyotes and mountain lions, however, Yosemite’s most famous resident has got to be the legendary Yosemite Sam, the grouchy gunslinger and archenemy of Bugs Bunny.

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Benjamin Harrison was the President who signed Yosemite in as a park but the man who campaigned for it was the environmentalist John Muir (1838 - 1914). He feared that the area that is now Yosemite was being destroyed by domestic sheep and so lobbied Congress to create the park.

Millions of people each year now enjoy hiking and camping in the 1,500 square miles of Yosemite, enjoying their time getting back to nature – while avoiding the bears.

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Category: History