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June 28, 2023

30 Travel-Book Photos of Yosemite National Park in the 1930s

Yosemite National Park is an American national park in the state of California, surrounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest. The park is managed by the National Park Service and covers an area of 759,620 acres (1,187 sq mi; 3,074 km2) in four counties – centered in Tuolumne and Mariposa, extending north and east to Mono and south to Madera County.

Yosemite National Park in the 1930s

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness. Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals.

The geology of the Yosemite area is characterized by granite rocks and remnants of older rock. About 10 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada was uplifted and tilted to form its unique slopes, which increased the steepness of stream and river beds, resulting in the formation of deep, narrow canyons. About one million years ago glaciers formed at higher elevations which eventually melted and moved downslope, cutting and sculpting the U-shaped valley that attracts so many visitors to its scenic vistas.

These amazing travel-book photos from ChiefRanger that show Yosemite National Park in the 1930s.

Ahwahnee Golf Course, Yosemite, 1930s

Autumn in Yosemite, 1930s

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite, 1930s

Campfire Entertainment, Yosemite, 1930s

El Capitan, Yosemite, 1930s

Entrance to Yosemite, 1930s

Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, 1930s

From the Valley Rim, Yosemite, 1930s

Glacier Point, Yosemite, 1930s

Half Dome in Winter, Yosemite, 1930s

High Country, Yosemite, 1930s

High Sierra Waters, Yosemite, 1930s

Mirror Lake, Yosemite, 1930s

Mount Ritter and Banner Peak, Yosemite, 1930s

Nevada Falls, Yosemite, 1930s

Sentinel Rock, Yosemite, 1930s

Skiing in Yosemite, 1930s

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite, 1930s

The Grizzly Giant, Yosemite, 1930s

The Skating Ring, Yosemite, 1930s

The Three Brothers, Yosemite, 1930s

The Wawona Tree, Yosemite, 1930s

Toboggan Slide, Yosemite, 1930s

Top of the World, Yosemite, 1930s

Vernal Falls, Yosemite, 1930s

Washington Column, Yosemite, 1930s

Wawona Golf Course, Yosemite, 1930s

Wild Life, Yosemite, 1930s

Yosemite Falls, 1930s

Yosemite Museum, 1930s


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