“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
Though Yosemite National Park was officially created when President Benjamin Harrison signed it into legislation on October 1, 1890, the history of Yosemite Valley greatly precedes this particular moment in history. A longtime home to the Ahwahnechee (it is estimated that they lived in the valley for almost 7,000 years before the park was established), the valley was once populated by tribes who would hunt, gather, and build their dwellings in the spectacular setting we know today as Yosemite.
Years passed and Yosemite became a famed destination. From the musings of John Muir to Ansel Adams’ stunning documentary photographs of the valley to Alex Honnold’s daring (and ropeless) three-hour ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite has proven itself a place of history, natural beauty, outdoor exploration, and sheer wonder.
“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” (Ansel Adams)
Like every parcel of land in the United States, Yosemite National Park is imbued with a complex history of both flourishing progress and incredible violence.