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  • Discover the history of the Yosemite Valley Railroad. Between 1905 and 1945 these locomotives allowed many people to visit Yosemite National Park in relative comfort, and their history is preserved in many places throughout Yosemite Mariposa County. Learn more about the history of the railroads and where you can see (and ride) trains today in Yosemite Mariposa County

  • From the building of essential roads through the rugged Sierra Nevada to bustling Gold Rush-era Chinatowns and a chef whose cuisine was so memorable that they named a mountain after him, their enduring yet virtually unrecognized contributions are as old as the region itself.

  • Discover the kind of history that you can see and touch. Old stories come to life on the streets and in the fascinating museums of Yosemite Mariposa County.

  • A visit to the California Mining and Mineral Museum is truly worth its weight in gold for its fascinating insights into the CA geology that has shaped so much of the state’s history. If nothing else, be sure to stop in to view the largest mass of crystalline gold – 13.8 pounds.

  • African American soldiers, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, played an important role in the early protection of National Parks like Yosemite.

  • Yosemite’s Swinging Bridge used to be an actual swinging bridge. The name is a reminder of some of the changes that have happened in the park over the years.

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