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Guardians of the Yosemite (1961) by John W. Bingaman
- A Tender Foot
- Guiding Dudes
- Ranger Life in the Park
- Ranger Duties in a National Park
- Ranger Patrols
- Forest Fires
- Accidents—Lost People—and Rescues
- Veeps—Special Guests and Old Timers
- Some Unusual Experiences
- Hospital and Medical Service
- Fish Planting—Hatchery—and Wild Life
- Chasing Law Breakers
- World War II Conditions in Yosemite
- Civilian Conservation Camps
- Sierra Club of California
- Concessionaire—Hikers Camps—Lodges
- Wawona District and People
- Mather Ranger District and Hetch Hetchy
- Tuolumne Meadow District Ranger Station
- Yosemite Indians
- When Retirement Comes
- Part II—History of “The First Rangers”
- Part III—Civilian Superintendents—Assistant Superintendents and Naturalists of Yosemite National Park
- Yosemite‘s First Superintendent Under Park Service Status
- Assistant Superintendents of Yosemite
- Park Naturalists of Yosemite National Park
- Part IV—The Second Decade—A New Era—Increased Use and Expansion
Ranger Bingaman, 1921, on mounted patrol in the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees
The author (Bingaman) guiding dudes, 1918
Glacier Point Hotel. Bingamans spent the winter of 1919-1920 as manager.
The Bingamans’ residence, 1921-1922. “The Old Fiske House”
Yosemite Ranger Force 1924—Nelson, Sault, Silva, Bingaman, Rich, Adair, Wegner, Skelton, Boothe, Townsley.
Pate Valley Indian Pictographs in the Tuolumne Canyon, Yosemite National Park
1925 Graham Dodge Truck—First Yosemite fire truck
Park Rangers on rescue of visitor—1921
Ranger Billy Nelson. The old camp ground ranger.
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt on inspection trip of the C.C.C. Camp at Wawona. A Ranger escort.
Alder Creek Entrance Station, 1926—Wawona Road
Ranger Eastman on patrol near Lake Eleanor, 1925
Ranger Adair and Rusty on patrol
Kenneyville, 1918. My first job in Yosemite started here.
Sentinel Hotel in the early days of horse stages.
A Dude Party camping in Hetch Hetchy, 1918
Ranger Bingaman escorting a party of special visitors through the Big Trees, 1921
Hetch Hetchy Valley, 1913, before dam was built. Looking back towards Rancheria and Le Conte Point. Kolana Rock at right.
Hetch Hetchy reservoir, 1924, after Dam was built.
At the old Indian village about 1905, Yosemite Valley. Bridgeport Tom, Maimie, Leona, baby Agnes (Castro), Ida and Lillian.
Indian Field Days, 1920, Yosemite Valley.
“The First Rangers”—1914-1915-1916
Ranger Andrew Jack Gayler—1907-1921
The first park office in Old Village up to 1924
Yosemite Ranger Force—1931
Guardians of the Yosemite
A Story of the First Rangers
(Desert Printers, 1961),
by John Walter Bingaman, Retired District Park Ranger (1896 - 1987).
Copyright 1961 by John W. Bingaman.
123 pages. Illustrated. 23 cm. Paper wrappers. Saddle-stitched.
Library of Congress call number F868.Y6 B5
Digitized by Dan Anderson, September 2004,
from a copy in the UCSD Library.
These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose,
provided this notice is left intact.
—Dan Anderson, www.yosemite.ca.us
About the Author
John W. Bingaman was born June 18, 1896 in Ohio.
He worked for the railroad in New York and California,
then made tanks and combines during World War I.
He first worked in Yosemite starting in 1918 as a packer and guide.
John was appointed park ranger in 1921
and worked in several parts of Yosemite National Park.
His wife Martha assisted her husband during the busy summer season.
John retired in 1956.
After retiring he lived in the desert in Southern California
and spent summers touring various mountain areas and National Parks
with their trailer.
In retirement he wrote this book, Guardians of the Yosemite,
The Ahwahneechees: A Story of the Yosemite Indians
Pathways: A Story of Trails and Men
of this book.
John’s second wife was Irene.
John Bingaman died April 5, 1987 in Stockton, California.
wife of John Bingaman