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A Guide to the Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park (1949) by James W. McFarland


CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE MARIPOSA GROVE

450A. D. Fire.
1652Fire.
1690Fire.
1710Fire.
1742Fire.
1803Fire.
1809Fire.
1842Fire.
1849Major Burney and John Macauley report Big Trees east of Chowchillas.
1857Galen Clark discovered and explored the Mariposa Grove.
1862Fire.
1854Grove and Yosemite Valley became a California State Park. Galen Clark made guardian of the grove and Yosemite Valley.
1858John Muir made his first visit to Yosemite.
1873Fallen Giant fell.
1881Tunnel cut through Wawona Tree by Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Co. at a cost of $75.00.
1885State Board of Commissioners built a cabin as replica of Galen Clark’s old one.
1889Fire threatens grove.
1895Tunnel cut in California Tree (near Grizzly Giant).
1902Old cabin enlarged to accommodate curio shop.
1906Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley re-ceded to United States. U. S. Army administered the areas.
1914Civilian employees replaced Army in administration of park.
1916National Park Service established by Act of Congress.
1927Massachusetts Tree fell.
1930Present museum constructed as replica of former cabin.
1932Road rerouted around the Grizzly Giant.
1934Stable Tree fell August 28.
1934More than 15,000 seedlings and saplings counted in north section of the grove.
1935Utah Tree fell April 7th.
1943Mark Twain Tree fell.

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