In follow-up to yesterday’s tale of the Mariposa Battalion, I wanted to let you know that the site of Savage’s Trading Post is easy to visit. It lies on Highway 140, 26-miles from Mariposa. The South Fork merges in from the east and the site is now a motel. Nothing of the original exists, but it is fun to imagine the early days. Prior to the opening of the Yosemite Railroad in 1905 and the state highway in 1926, it was virtually impossible to travel north along the Merced towards today’s Yosemite since the mountain sloped steeply into the river. Travel in the 1850’s was therefore via trails towards Wawona then north.
Adjacent to Savage’s is a trail to Hite’s Cove. In the 1860’s John Hite’s Indian wife led him to a spot where he mined out about $3 million in gold. Today the trail is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and you can take the easy hike from Highway 140 to see the Cove.
Wednesday I’m going up to Yosemite to join the OCCUPY AHWAHNEE group. I plan to sit in the Comfy Chair until I get whatever it is I want. I’m just saying.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ground Control to Major Tom. Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong. Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom?” – David Bowie
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com
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