02 Jul '11, 9am

Park primer: Yosemite National Park @MotherNatureNet

In an era when the wilderness was exploited for mining and ranching, people inspired by the special beauty of Yosemite acted quickly to preserve the landscape. The first recorded exploration of Yosemite wasn’t until 1851 when the Mariposa Battalion entered Yosemite Valley to drive out a Native American tribe known as the Ahwahneechee. President Abraham Lincoln, while wrestling with the Civil War in August 1864, signed the Yosemite Grant, giving Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to the state of California. The efforts of John Muir, who made his first trip to Yosemite Valley in 1868, helped lead to the creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890.

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