Yosemite 150 Year Celebration June 30, 2014
By John P. DeGrazio
Today, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. On this day in 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for all time. We participated in many festivities in the Grove and the Valley amidst the summer heat. On our departure from the Valley, we made one last stop at Half Dome View to gaze out into the blue sky and imagine what it must have been like for the first people to set their eyes on this wondrous landscape. Today, we are grateful that Yosemite is protected for all to enjoy in perpetuity.