Views & Visitors: In Early 20th Century
"Views & Visitors: the Yosemite Experience in the Early 20th Century" captures the significant visitation events in the early 1900s: rise of automobile traffic; the construction of a train line to El Portal; development of new roads and hotels; increased popularity of camping, hiking and other outdoor pursuits; beginning of the National Park Service; and a rapid growth in park visitation. To portray the theme, paintings, prints, artifacts and ephemera from the Yosemite Museum's extensive collection are on display.
Fine art by Chiura Obata, Theodore Wores and Gunnar Widforss will be included, as will works by photographers George Fiske, Arthur Pillsbury, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.
The park’s collection will be supplemented by loans from DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. and a number of private collectors.
A digital slide show of historic photographs of Yosemite visitors and digitized film footage of early auto stages, train travel and visitor activities will complement the exhibit of artifacts. A listening station will allow visitors to hear oral histories related to early park visits as well as historic musical recordings.
Seldom-seen items from the collection will be on view, including
This exhibit, funded by a Yosemite Conservancy grant, builds on "Views & Visitors: the Yosemite Experience in the 19th Century" that hung in the Yosemite Museum in 2010.
Did You Know?
At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.