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There are a few other claims to the “first to see Yosemite Valley.” One could be James Savage. He held ran Trading Posts in the region. He managed 5 Indian wives and spoke the language. When both his Fresno River and South Fork Trading Posts were raided by Indians and some deaths resulted, it is highly probable that he pursued the renegades up the Merced River canyon south of today’s Arch Rock gate and eventually into the main Valley. Other candidates are William Penn Abrams and U. N. Reamer who were seeking possible lumber mill sites on the Merced. While bear hunting they became lost and made their way north to what may be Old Inspiration Point on the south rim of the Valley. Abrams journal, found in 1947, records his description of many key valley features including Half Dome.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” – John Muir
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