Yosemite: Inspiring the National Parks movement

Yosemite has inspired generations of people for thousands of years. On June 30, 1864, Congress enacted the Yosemite Grant Act, establishing Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land for all time. This grant marked the first California State Park.

In 1890, the land surrounding these two tracts was designated Yosemite National Park. Early conservationist John Muir’s persuasive words to President Roosevelt and state authorities led to combining Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove with Yosemite National Park in 1906.

We will honor the 150th anniversary in 2014 through events, programs and official merchandise found throughout the communities surrounding the park. In fact, 90% of these projects will be hosted in the gateway communities. You can be a part of this monumental anniversary!

Credit: National Park Service

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