May 27, 1851

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing  

May 27, 1851 – The Mariposa Battalion enters the valley, becomes the first whites to see it and document it.  

DISCOVERY OF THE YOSEMITE
AND
THE INDIAN WAR OF 1851,

WHICH LED TO THAT EVENT.

BY

 LAFAYETTE HOUGHTON BUNNELL, M.D.,

 OF THE MARIPOSA BATTALION, ONE OF THE DISCOVERERS,
LATE SURGEON THIRTY-SIXTH REGIMENT
WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS.

 

Related thought worth quoting: “The question of giving it the name of Yo-sem-i-ty was then explained; and upon a viva voce vote being taken, it was almost unanimously adopted. The name that was there and thus adopted by us, while seated around our camp fires, on the first visit of a white man to this remarkable locality, is the name by which it is now known to the world.” – Lafayette Bunnell 

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com 

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2 Responses to “May 27, 1851”

  1. Dean Says:

    This is a good video…

    http://www.nps.gov/yose/photosmultimedia/hikinghalfdome.htm

    …though I disagree with the Ranger that going down the cables is more difficult. It is if you go down backwards perhaps…the folk I saw going down backwards were straining to look round at where they were putting their feet. I find going down forwards much easier…I can see where I’m going and I feel more balanced.

  2. mrhalfdome Says:

    Going down, facing down – I don’t like:

    1. You have to look at “Oblivion”.
    2. Your center of gravity is rolling you forward.
    3. All your weight is on your wrists.

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