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Yosemite: Its Wonders and Its Beauties (1868) by John S. Hittell

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GLACIAL ROCK.

One mile east of Loya, on the same side of the valley, is Glacial Rock, or Oowooyoowah, which latter name means the Great Rock of the Elk. It is said that during one of the expeditions of troops into the valley, a party of soldiers in the search for Indians undertook to ascend this rock, and while going up a very steep and smooth rocky slope the red men suddenly appeared on the summit and began to roll large stones over. These came thundering down with terrific speed and noise, and the pale faces turned and fled with precipitate haste, but the destructive missiles struck several of them with instantaneous death. A fine view of the valley can be had from the point of Glacial Rock. The Yosemite, Vernal, and Nevada falls, and all the domes, are visible from this place.


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