Got a memory of Yosemite National Park? The national park hopes you'll share the story on a new website launched to gear up for its 150th anniversary in 2014. It was during the Civil War that President Lincoln signed a bill to protect Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of sequoia trees.
Now the national park, which drew 4 million visitors last year, has started a website to tell travelers and fans about all that's happened since the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act and to invite them to attend anniversary events. They start this summer and continue throughout 2014, including:
An Aug. 13 talk about James Mason Hutchings traces the history of the Yosemite Valley promoter who also had legal entanglements over land in the park.
On Aug. 24, the Mono Basin Historical Society takes visitors on a tour of Tioga Road and details the history of the park's eastern entrance ($25 per person).
The website also features a timeline (the first interpretive programs were held in 1920) and stories as diverse as a firefighter's experience in the back country 20 years ago and a hiker's trek up to Clouds Rest last year. Anyone can add their stories, so feel free to chime in.
Information: Yosemite National Park 150th Anniversary