Monday, October 8, 2012

Postal History Cover Yosemite Falls Hotel 1878 California

In 1878 Yosemite was spelled as Yo semite, as shown in this cover.  Probably from the Indian spelling. The Hotel belonged to the Hutchings group of Hotels in Yosemite but this hotel was passed on to J.K Barnard in 1877.  He maintained the hotel for 17 years.  I think it was torn down between 1938 and 1940.

Connected with the hotel was J.C. Smiths celebrated Hot and Cold Bathing Establishment, Post Office, Telegraph Office and Wells Fargo's Express.  
This is the only hotel in this Valley with cottages separate from the main building and located immediately on the margin of the beautiful waters of the Merced River.  Our dining room also on the river looks out under shade trees and green lawns, with a grand view of the Yo Semite Falls 2,634 feet high. (written on back of cover)

The envelope (cover) is addressed to Edward Tompkins of Oakland California a prominent man who was active and generous person, a lawyer, politician, and greatly involved with the University of California.

1 comment:

Christine H. said...

What a great post. I never knew that Yosemite was once written as two words. It's still an incredibly beautiful place, but what I would give to visit in quieter times!

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