Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
A lot of historical information about the park is found in archival copies of the monthly known as Yosemite Nature Notes. It ran from 1922 thru 1961 but then went defunct. It surfaced in 1985 as a quarterly called The Yosemite. Although now that I think about it, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten one. It’s put out for Yosemite Association members. Maybe it got lost in the Yosemite Conservancy shuffle. Today the name Yosemite Nature Notes is used for videos describing park phenomena such as frazil ice. That one has been mailed to me by about a dozen people who know I’m a Yosemite fan. The source for tonight comes from one of thoseold YNN issues.
Anyway, I’m here today to continue some stories about George Anderson.
After he got up Half Dome he began hauling people up to the top. A small group of British Tourists were first. In November of 1875 both he and John Muir summitted. George worked in the park and in 1881 he got a contract to build what we know today as the Mist Trail. The Mariposa Gazette wrote a short article about it. He unsuccessfully asked for more state funds when he wasn’t finished in the agreed time. He continued on with his own money and reached the Vernal Fall wall. Poor George died on May 8, 1884 after he got pneumonia. He’s buried under a humble rock in the Yosemite Cemetery.
Since this is OUR Park, let’s do something to get George Anderson the notoriety he deserves. Who’s with me?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.” – A wise old man
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com