Did you know that in the 1850’s tourists began to visit Yosemite Valley to experience the pristine mountains and forests of central California? One of the famous attractions was the Wawona Tree, a 2,300-year-old giant sequoia tree. The tree was large enough to have a carriage-sized tunnel cut through it! Yosemite became so popular that the tourists, hotels, stores, and roads threatened the very wilderness people came to see. On October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park was created to protect the pristine wilderness from overuse and pollution. The National Park Service continues to find and develop environmentally-friendly ways to support 5 million visitors to Yosemite each year.
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Initially Galen Clark and others petitioned the government to protect Yosemite Valley from development and destruction. Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Later, Robert Underwood Johnson and John Muir lobbied Congress for the act that created the larger Yosemite National Park on October 1, 1890.
In 1984, Yosemite was nationally recognized as a World Heritage Site.
The Wawona tree was also called the Tunnel Tree. In 1969 the Tunnel Tree collapsed after a heavy snow fall.
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