Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite NP 00Where Is It: Yosemite National Park is 195 miles east of San Francisco. Driving time is 4-5 hours.

The Birth: Act of Congress of 30 June 1864 (13 Stat. 325) granted Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California (regranted to the US government in 1906). Establishment of Yosemite National Park as a forest reservation on 1 October 1890 (26 Stat. 650) excluding Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. Boundary adjustments were made in 1905. Park extension in 1929 of 4,846.47ha and further extensions in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1938 and 1984. Designated as a World Heritage site in 1984.

It Happened Here: From PBS’s “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” here is how Yosemite got it’s name.

Size: 747,956 acres

# Visitors: 3,691,191 in 2013. July has heaviest attendance; January the lightest.

Plants: From the Park’s website:

The combination…

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