Yosemite Chapel

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
We are now coming out of winter. Well, I know we just officially began winter, but did you know that the days are now getting longer? Oh yes, a minute of sunlight  more each day.  Won’t be long until we’re back on the trail with sunset  hitting after 8 pm. Until that time I’ll try to fill the void with fun and exciting tales of Yosemite and Half  Dome. 

Undated archive photo of the Chapel

Today we chat about  the Yosemite Chapel. It’s the oldest building still standing in the Valley. The Chapel was built in 1879 and was originally near the base of the Four Mile trail. In 1901, it was taken apart and moved to its present site on Southside Drive. Major restoration was done and it was damaged in the 1997 flood. 

'97 flood high water mark at chapel

The Yosemite Valley Chapel was given Historic American building status by the National Park Service in 1965 and entered in to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Inside the chapel

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Spring is here. The sky is blue. Birds all sing as if they knew. Today’s the day we’ll say I do and we’ll never be lonely anymore. Because we’re goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married . . . Goin’ to the chapel of love  .” – The Dixie Cups
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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