47663Early photos proved pivotal in Yosemite's preservation as a national park | Yosemite at 150
- Jun 15, 2014
Early photos proved pivotal in Yosemite's preservation as a national parkBy Gene Rose
In all likelihood, James Hutchings never anticipated the revolution that he set in motion.
Back in the mid-1850s, the pioneer publisher had explored a remote Sierra Nevada wonderland known as Yosemite, and he extolled its scenery. But readers regarded the illustrations of towering cliffs and thundering waterfalls as exaggerations.
So Hutchings brought Sacramento photographer Charles Weed to Yosemite in 1859 to validate that grand scene. Today, as Yosemite National Park recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, historians look to photography as the spark plug for the preservation movement that followed....