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Hetch Hetchy Valley

(Encyclopedia) Hetch Hetchy Valley, in Yosemite National Park, central Calif., on the Tuolumne River. It once rivaled Yosemite Valley in beauty and grandeur. O'Shaughnessy Dam (completed 1923;…

Merced

(Encyclopedia) Merced mrsd´, city (1990 pop. 56,216), seat of Merced co., central Calif.; inc. 1889. It is a growing city and a center for tourism and farm trade in a cotton, fruit, and dairy…

Yosemite National Park

(Encyclopedia) Yosemite National Park ysm´t, 748,436 acres (302,881 hectares), E central Calif.; est. 1890 as a result of the efforts of conservationist John Muir. Located in the Sierra Nevada,…

Owens

(Encyclopedia) Owens, river, c.120 mi (190 km) long, rising in the Sierra Nevada, E Calif., SE of Yosemite National Park and flowing SE, to enter Owens Lake, near Mt. Whitney. Since 1913, at a point…

July 2018 Current Events: Disaster News

Top of Page World News | US News | US News The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to…

Ahwahnee Hotel

Yosemite Valley, Calif.Designed in 1928 by Gilbert Stanley Underwood photo by Carol M. Highsmith The American Institute of Architects and Harris Interactive selected Ahwahnee…

Cary Stayner, 1999 News

37, motel handyman, confessed to the July killing of a 26-year-old Yosemite National Park naturalist, Joie Ruth Armstrong, and the February massacre of three sight-seers, Carole Sund, 42;…

America's Most Endangered Places

The Ellis Island Hospital in New York Harbor is among American sites most at risk America's Most Endangered Places America's Most Endangered Places 2011America's Most Endangered Places…

John Muir

John Muir was an early American conservationist who has been called "The Father of the National Parks System." Muir came to the United States from Scotland in 1849 and studied at the University of…