Continuing the theme of honoring George Anderson, today I jump to the end of the line. In the spring of 1884, George continued his routine of doing odd jobs in the emerging Yosemite Valley. He agreed to paint the exterior of a small cottage owned by Adolph Sinning. Sinning is important to know because he was a wood carver known for his “beautiful and dainty souvenirs in California woods.”
In 1898, the Park Commissioners asked the Sierra Club, founded in 1892, to provide a public reading room and information center for Yosemite visitors. They picked the then available Sinning Cottage. It was located on the southside of the Valley on what is now Southside Drive, near Sentinel Bridge. This area is where the park originally had all visitor services until they were moved to today’s Yosemite Village. Don’t look for any artifacts – it’s pretty much all forest there a century later. Galen Clark served as the custodian at Sinning’s Cottage. The Sierra Club operated the public reading room and information center there until the LeConte Memorial Lodge was built.
Anywho, back to George. While doing the painting, Anderson contracted pneumonia, a common ailment then. He was moved to the home of photographer George Fiske and died on May 8, 1884. He was buried in the Yosemite cemetery where a small granite rock marks his grave today. This photo is as good as it gets – it’s VERY hard to read his name! It’s on the far side away from the YNP Musem.
You will find no mention of Anderson in the Visitor Center or other NPS displays. Let’s honor him. Atta Boy, George!! Hip, hip, hooray.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike
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