Today the famous cables on Half Dome and the trail up Sub Dome to the cables were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.
There are more than 80,000 properties listed in the National Register that represent 1.4 million individual resources – buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects. Listing in the National Register is the first step towards eligibility for National Park Service-administered federal preservation tax credits that have leveraged more than $45 billion in private investment and National Park Service grant programs like Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America.
George Anderson’s first ascent on October 12, 1875 was significant and the hike to the top is now enjoyed by thousands each year. The popular hike is a must-do “bucket list” item for many outdoor enthusiasts. It is a hard goal and a pleasant journey.
Anderson was a Scottish immigrant who was a trail builder, blacksmith, carpenter and adventurer. He hoped to someday charge tolls for trips to the top and envisioned a staircase and even a lift to bring visitors to the top. He later built the current trail from Happy Isles to the Vernal Fall foot bridge. He died in 1884 of pneumonia and is buried in the park cemetery.
I have requested that Anderson be honored via George Anderson Day on Oct 12. I hope this new honor will contribute to the decision for a Press Release.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In Yosemite, Grandeur of these mountains is perhaps unmatched on the Globe; for here they strip themselves like athletes for exhibition, & stand perpendicular granite walls, showing their entire height, & wearing a liberty cap of snow on their head.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com