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Galen Clark

1814-1910 Galen Clark, Photo from Yosemite Library, National Park Service
  • One of Yosemite's earliest explorers, its first public guardian, and one of its most revered hosts, tour guides, and protectors for most of his life. He was a charter member of the Sierra Club.
  • Galen Clark, with Milton Mann, was one of the earliest white settlers to explore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in 1857.
  • In 1866 Clark was appointed to be the first Guardian of the new Yosemite Grant, and he served in this role for twenty-one years.
  • John Muir met Galen Clark on his first visit to Yosemite, and later called him "the best mountaineer I ever met, and one or the kindest and most amiable of all my mountain friends."
  • Clark wrote several books, including Indians of the Yosemite (1904), The Big Trees of California, Their History and Characteristics (1907), and The Yosemite Valley (1910)
  • For more information, see Galen Clark: Yosemite Guardian by Shirley Sargent.
Photo courtesy of Yosemite Library, National Park Service

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