Celebrating Yosemite Part 6 – Solace During a Time of War

9 Jun

Here’s an interesting window into a National Park during WWII.

Kittredge MemoArriving at Clark Point on a March afternoon in 1943, Yosemite’s Employment Manager Frank Ewing happened upon a solitary man seated on a rock on the side of the trail. Visitors were few to the park in 1943, and so the chance encounter was rare.

After saying hello, the two struck up a conversation. “This trip isn’t for me. It is for my son who is a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and has a furlough for a few days,” the man told Ewing, explaining that both his son and wife were hiking to the top of Nevada Falls while he waited below.

The couple’s other son had been killed on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor and the father wanted to get his remaining son away from the war to be with his mother for a short while before heading back to the Pacific Theater.

Naturalists and rangers conducted hikes through the canyons and along waterfalls for thousands of soldiers , like this group viewing Vernal Fall in 1943. (Photograph courtesy of the Yosemite Research Library.) Naturalists and rangers conducted…

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