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    National Park California

Ranger Portrays a Buffalo Soldier

Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson portrays a Buffalo Soldier in this 5.5-minute video (courtesy of Hearst Castle Theater at the San Simeon State Historical Monument in California). In this clip of the theatrical production, Johnson's character recalls exactly when his father suggested that he join the Army and become a soldier as his life's path. Johnson, who has long studied the role of Buffalo Soldiers in the Sierra, presents research and personal reflections on a related Buffalo Soldiers website. Also, see Johnson's PBS appearance in Ken Burns' 2009 documentary called "America's Best Idea" on the national parks.

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Did You Know?

Merced River in Yosemite Valley

The Merced River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1987. Eighty-one miles of river runs through Yosemite National Park, including a stretch in Yosemite Valley.