1940s…

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  • In 1941, the Park Service’s bear feeding program in Yosemite Valley was discontinued. However, for several decades bears were easily able to obtain trash and food scraps outside hotels and in Yosemite Valley bear population numbers remained unnaturally high.
  • From May 30, 1943- December 19, 1946 the Ahwahnee Hotel was used as a convalescent hospital by the United States Navy.
  • In 1945, The Yosemite Valley Railroad stopped its service to El Portal.