Scenic USA - California

Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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After the Storm

After the Storm - Bridalveil Falls

Photo by Mike Matenkosky
Images In The Backcountry

     While Civil War ideas simmered in the east, a few influential men took notice as signs emerged of a ruination of California's Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove. It wasn't long until a bill was introduced by California's John Coness, that breezed through the U.S. Congress and deeded Yosemite land to the State of California. The paperwork, converting the valley into park land, was the beginning of a long struggle. The real challenge began with evicting homesteaders and thwarting the common practice of using Yosemite valley as a free range.
     This enchanting scene, as Bridalveil Falls peaks out of the mist, is one of the marvels of Yosemite Valley that was eventually converted into a national park. Thanks to the vision and persuasive powers of Thomas Starr King, Frederick Law Olmsted, Josiah Whitney and John Muir, Yosemite has strived to retained its natural look for all the world to enjoy.



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