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Discovery of the Yosemite in
1851--and the Indian war which
led to that event
by Lafayette Houghton Bunnell, M.D., one of the Discoverers, of the Mariposa Battalion,
First published in 1880, this is the primary account of how Yosemite Valley came to be
"discovered" by the white race. Of course, the Indians knew it was there; they
were living in it when the battalion came to roust them out. The valley had been seen from
its rims and from afar before this trip, but this was the first recorded entry and
exploration. Bunnell proposed the name of the Indian tribe for the valley, "as it was
suggestive, euphonious, and certainly American; that by so doing, the name of the tribe of
Indians which we met leaving their homes in this valley, perhaps never to return, would be
perpetuated." Foreword by former chief park naturalist William R. Jones.
Period engravings. 184pages, slightly abridged from the original.
Our Yosemite National Park
by John Muir.
Among its forests and wild gardens, animals and birds, fountains and streams. At the
turn of the century, John Muir described Yosemite National Park to readers of The
Atlantic Monthly in the articles here reprinted. Just a decade before he had been so
involved with the park idea that he became known as the "father of Yosemite National
Park". Muir knew the park better than anyone else, and he had a gift for expression
that keeps his fame and his works alive yet. The writing here is perhaps the best blend
Muir gave of the Yosemite as a wild nature preserve. The ecological account is full, and
we learn much of Muir's observations of the Yosemite birds, bears, and blossoms as well as
its winters, earthquakes, glaciers, and forests.
Period illustrations. 96 pages.
Order #: VIST0061 paper$6.95
The Proposed Yosemite National Park--treasures &
by John Muir.
Perhaps the most important writing Muir ever did, for here he proposed a national park,
which was soon established. He and his editor had hatched the scheme around a Tuolumne
Meadows campfire, and so Muir became known as the "Father of Yosemite National
Park." The writing is mostly descriptive, in Muir's magnificent style, covering the
grand scenes, waterfall explorations, storm flooding, sequoias, glaciers, Hetch Hetchy
Valley, and more. An included map shows Muir's proposed park boundaries, larger
than today's, as one might imagine, for there was controversy about taking too
much mineral land from potential production. Also shown is the watershed of the
Yosemite Valley, as a major purpose of the new park was to protect the
waterfalls of Yosemite Valley from upstream lumbering and sheep-grazing. At that
time, Yosemite Valley was under state operation and the new park would not
affect that; later, however, the valley was returned to federal management and
the present park achieved its wholeness. Foreword by former Yosemite Chief Park
Naturalist William Jones.
Reprinted from 1890, with period engravings. 32 pages.
Order #: VIST0003 paper$3.95
The Yosemite in Winter: an 1892 account.
by James M. Carson, with extracts from John Muir's writings.
An appreciation of Yosemite Valley's winter character and an early history of the first
winter residents, with plenty of quoted passages from John Muir, who also was a year-round
valley resident in the early days. Reports of floods, in which trees were swept over the
waterfalls, of the ice-cone at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall, snow-banners flying off
rangecrest peaks, use of "snowshoes" (skis, today) to bring in the mail,
winter-time climatic differences between north and south sides of this deep
east-west trending valley due to shadows. Foreword by former Yosemite Chief Park
Naturalist William Jones.
Period engravings. 16 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-053-9. Order #:
Yosemite: the story behind the
by William R. Jones, former Chief Naturalist of Yosemite National Park
Presents all aspects of the Yosemite story--geologic origin of the principal
features, Indian history and "discovery" by early explorers plus role in
conservation history as what has been called America's first national park (set
aside in 1864 and before Yellowstone of 1872 but without the term "national
park" in its formal establishment), scenery of the High Sierra, and ecology of
the park's three giant sequoia groves. Revised in several new editions since
release in 1971, now with over 860,000 copies in print. Color photos. National Park Service cooperating associations order from K. C. Publications.
978-0-88714-234-5. Order #:
Domes, Cliffs, Waterfalls: a brief
geology of Yosemite Valley
by William R. Jones, former Chief Naturalist of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite has the roundest domes, the sheerest cliffs, the highest waterfalls.
This book gives the answers from geology. Published by Yosemite Conservancy.
Many photos and drawings, 21 pages.
Order #: HEYD1858 paper$3.95
you remember Dr. Carl W. Sharsmith (1903-1994)? (Carl was a Yosemite ranger-naturalist and
San Jose State College/University botany
professor with over 60 summers at Tuolumne Meadows and a herbarium in his name
at San Jose State College/University.) A proposal was made to
name a Yosemite mountain peak for him, with the Name4Carl Committee taking the
lead. This committee is of National Park Service people who have had tours of duty at
Yosemite whose Carl's tour touched. William R. "Bill" Jones, principal of VistaBooks and author of this VistaBooks website is the Lead Member of the
Name4Carl Committee. The proposal, however, was not approved by
the federal Board on Geographic Names in spite of supporting statements from
most living past Yosemite superintendents and nNational Park Service directors.
The mountain selected for this naming effort is nevertheless becoming known informally
as Sharsmith Peak. A next step to gain formal recognition would be to recommend
the naming to members of the U.S. Congress and ask for legislative
establishment. Interested? View the Sharsmith Peak website: exits this
website. And, contact
YOSEMITE-RELATED TITLES ON OTHER PAGES
The Hummingbird of the California Waterfalls.
by John Muir. ISBN: 978-0-89646-019-5. Order #:
IN THE HEART OF THE CALIFORNIA ALPS: a near view of the High Sierra in 1872.
A RIVAL OF THE YOSEMITE:
The Canon of the South Fork of
King's River, California.
THE WILD SHEEP.
click to view above on
VistaBooks Publishing JohnMuir page.
MORE ABOUT YOSEMITE:
Follow this link to
Undiscovered-Yosemite.com for insights on the park and
its history by a park insider--Dave Hubbard, son of long-time chief park
naturalist Douglass Hubbard. Dave grew up in the park and has put together a
refreshingly different park guide some 40 years afterwards.
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