Lithograph, The Yo-Hamite Falls
Lithograph of the Yo-hamite Falls

The Yo-Hamite Falls
After Thomas Almond Ayres (1816-1858)
October 1855
H 78.8, W 60.9 CM
YOSE 44035
Yosemite National Park
Photo Credit: Chris Schierup, Yosemite National Park

The lithograph of the Thomas Ayres "High Falls" drawing was the first published image of Yosemite Valley. James Hutchings had this lithograph created after he returned to San Francisco from his trip to Yosemite with Thomas Ayres. Britton & Rey of San Francisco printed the lithograph in October of 1855. The bottom caption reads "The Yo-Hamite Falls, this magnificent scene is situated in the Yo-Hamite Valley near the source of the middle fork of the river Merced, Mariposa County California. It is the highest waterfall in the world-rushing over the precipice, at one bold leap it falls 1,300 feet, & and the whole hight [sic] from the Valley is 2,300 feet."

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