George Andersen was the first man up Half Dome. He’s now under a non-descript rock in the central area of Yosemite’s Cemetery. It was very popular cemetery – people were dying to get in there. You can barely read
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It was announced today that the park completed restoration the Yosemite Cemetery. This was accomplished via a grant from the Yosemite Conservancy. I have not seen exactly what they have done and no photos or description have surfaced. If anyone has, please comment. I hope George A’s rock got cleaned. Sad that there is no real Yosemite recognition of him. The first man up Half Dome deserves better. Mark down Oct 12 for George Anderson Day – my celebration of his singular event.
Work began n September to fix gravestones that were damaged and split. Metal fences had been broken. Weathering and vegetation stains obscured the names of residents. 17 marble and granite monuments were cleaned of stains, lichens, and mosses. The 20-ft tall James Lamon monument repaired. Finally, the National Park Service refurbished wooden grave markers.
The Park and the California State Parks Organization will conduct a dedication ceremony. The event will take place from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, in the Yosemite Cemetery.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Are we not men? We are DEVO.” – R.I.P. Bob Casale
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com