Day: June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday…

  … to one of my favorite places on the planet. On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an order granting the Yosemite Valley to the state of California, for “public use, resort, and recreation.” The Yosemite Land Grant of 1864 marked the first time the federal government set aside land specifically for preservation and recreational use. The land wasn’t designated as our first national park until later that same year.