Yosemite Valley

  • Type: Valley
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Explore the Cleft

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be, and is hereby, granted to the State of California the "cleft" or "gorge" in the granite peak of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, situated in the county of Mariposa, in the State aforesaid, and the headwaters of the Merced River, and known as the Yo-Semite Valley. - From the Yosemite Grant Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on 30 June 1864

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Yosemite Valley


Name of Notable Genus AsNotedIn Address Proximity
Name Genus AsNotedIn Address Proximity
Camp Curry Historic District
  • Sight
  • NRHP
Yosemite Valley Chapel
  • Sight
  • NRHP
CA 140
LeConte Memorial Lodge
  • Sight
  • NRHP
  • US NHL
Ahwahnee Hotel
  • Lodging
  • Sight
  • NRHP
  • US NHL
  • Lodges
Rangers' Club
  • Sight
  • NRHP
  • US NHL
Across from Valley Administration Building
Bridalveil Meadow Historic Site
  • Sight
Lamon Orchard
  • Sight
Yosemite Valley Archeological District
  • Sight
  • NRHP
Address Restricted
Yosemite Valley Bridges
  • Sight
  • NRHP
8 Bridges over Merced River
Yosemite Village Historic District
  • Sight
  • NRHP
Camp 4
  • Sight
  • NRHP
Northside Dr
Sentinel Dome
  • Sight
  • 1001 Nt
Half Dome
  • Sight
  • 1001 Nt
Bridal Veil Falls
  • Sight
  • 1001 Nt


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Hunt,M and Maier,H Architect
Thomas C Vint Architect
Underwood,G.S.Hull,D Architect
Frederick Law Olmsted Sr Architect
1864/06/30 Abraham Lincoln President Abraham Lincoln signs the Yosemite Grant Act granting 'to the State of California the "cleft" or "gorge" in the granite peak of the Sierra Nevada Mountains' and 'tracts embracing what is known as the Mariposa Big Tree Grove'
1864/06/30 Jessie Benton Fremont Champion Abraham Lincoln signs the Yosemite Grant Act granting 'to the State of California the "cleft" or "gorge" in the granite peak of the Sierra Nevada Mountains' and 'tracts embracing what is known as the Mariposa Big Tree Grove'
1868/00/00 John Muir Visitor John Muir's first visit to Yosemite
1869/00/00 First recorded sale of an Indian basket to a Yosemite tourist

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Half Dome
Sentinel Dome

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Physiographic feature Valley

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Particulars for Yosemite Valley:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Architectural Style Bungalow-craftsman
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Area of Significance Conservation
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Owner Federal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Historic Use Institutional housing
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Historic Use Multiple dwelling
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Outdoor recreation
Historic Use Park
Architectural Style Park Service Rustic
Area of Significance Politics-government
Historic Use Road-related
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 14th December 2006

Registry Name: Yosemite Valley
Registry Address: Yosemite National Park
Registry Number: 04001159
Resource Type: District
Owner: Federal
Architect: Hunt,M.Maier,H.Olmsted,F.L.; Underwood,G.S.Hull,D.Vint,T.
Architectural Style: Bungalow-craftsman, Other
Attribute: NPS Rustic
Area in Acres: 3800
Contributing Buildings: 104
Non-Contributing Buildings: 153
Contributing Sites: 15
Non-Contributing Sites: 1
Contributing Structures: 53
Non-Contributing Structures: 164
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Landscape architecture, Architecture, Politics-government, Community Planning and Development, Transportation, Entertainment-recreation, Conservation
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Significant Year: 1864, 1865, 1874
Historic Function: Transportation, Landscape, Domestic, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Park, Institutional housing, Single dwelling, Road-related, Outdoor recreation, Multiple dwelling, Hotel
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape, Domestic, Transportation
Current Sub-Function: Park Outdoor recreation Single dwelling Multiple dwelling Institutional housing Hotel Road-related

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