• In 1872, hotelkeeper James McCauley began the tradition of the firefall by pushing a red fir bark campfire off a ledge near Glacier Point.
  • In 1875, George Anderson made the first ascent of Half Dome.
  • In 1879, the main building of the Wawona Hotel was built. That same year, the Yosemite Chapel was constructed in Yosemite Valley.