By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis

Now in an absolutely up to date variation, this helpful reference paintings is a primary source for students, scholars, conservationists, and electorate drawn to America's nationwide park approach. The vast number of records illustrates the system's construction, improvement, and administration.

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Page 15 "The other district, associated with this by the act of Congress, consists of four sections of land, about thirty miles distant from it, on which stand in the midst of a forest composed of the usual trees and shrubs of the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, about six hundred mature trees of the giant Sequoia. Among them is one known through numerous paintings and photographs as the Grizzly Giant, which probably is the noblest tree in the world. Besides this, there are hundreds of such beauty and stateliness that, to one who moves among them in the reverent mood to which they so strongly incite the mind, it will not seem strange that intelligent travellers have declared that they would rather have passed by Niagara itself than have missed visiting this grove.

I also wish especially to thank Patricia Janssen for organizing the manuscript and preparing it for submission to press, and for the careful editing she so expertly provided. Finally I thank Dean Lawrence Allen and the University of South Alabama for their financial and research time support, Jonathan Sisk and Rowman & Littlefield Publishers for their faith in the project, and my wife, Robin, for her love and confidence. Page 7 1 THE EARLY YEARS 1864-1918 The origins of the national park idea are the subject of considerable academic speculation.

Page 11 An Act Authorizing a Grant To the State of California of the "Yo-Semite Valley," and of the Land Embracing the "Mariposa Big Tree Grove," Approved June 30, 1864 (13 Stat. 325) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be, and is hereby, granted to the State of California the "cleft" or "gorge" in the granite peak of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, situated in the county of Mariposa, in the State aforesaid, and the headwaters of the Merced River, and known as the Yo-Semite Valley, with its branches or spurs, in estimated length fifteen miles, and in average width one mile back from the main edge of the precipice, on each side of the valley, with the stipulation, nevertheless, that the said State shall accept this grant upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation; shall be inalienable for all time; but leases not exceeding ten years may be granted for portions of said premises.

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