Friday, July 25, 2008

Yosemite Firefall 1880 to 1968

An event happened each evening in Yosemite National Park for 88 years. The management of Camp Curry for its visitors established a gorgeous spectacular custom which continued until 1968. A huge bonfire was built on Glacier Point at 3300 feet directly above the camp. The burning embers were pushed from the point and over a cliff above the camp creating a cataract of fire and sparks making a sheer drop to the valley below.
These postcards are from the 1940's to 1954. I especially like the second postcard with half dome in the background. I always thought the fire was mixed in with a waterfall, but it seems the embers just shot over a ledge and didn't hit anything on its way down. I get to Yosemite often but never got to see this specactular event.

6 comments:

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Just loved the picture. I would love to visit Yosemite. It is so very far away for us. Have a good weekend! blessings, Kathleen

Sue said...

A great story to the pictures. Why did they stop doing it - don#t tell me - Health and Safety!!! Interesting whsat you were saying about being in England.
I have left something for you on my blog ....
Hope you're having a good weekend - Take care ...

mushroommeadows said...

I love Yosemite!!!

Oh man, I just heard that there is a fire at the entrance of Yosemite or near to it. :(

Darlene said...

Sorry to hear about the fires near your home. I hope everything turns out OK.

papel1 said...

The fire is a lot better and is still 15 miles from Yosemite. The flames have moved away from our location. I have never seen so many firetrucks, dozers etc. but many have returned to their own stations around Calif.
Judy

Dani said...

When I was little, about 5th grade, I went with a neighbors family to Yosemite and saw the firefall...totally blew me away..this was about 1960...

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