Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Pioneer Yosemite History Center
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State96,477 contributions
Jun 2022
I have visited the History Center in Wawona many times. This time I spent most of my visit in the new Chinese Laundry Building that is across from the gray barn. It was fascinating to learn about the contributions from this group in the development of Yosemite NP. I enjoyed the signs, information, and photos.
Written 17 June 2022
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Kathrin S
Portland, OR578 contributions
Jul 2021
Such nice people and so much history. What a pleasant surprise! We stopped in before going to the market and were welcomed by a couple of the staff (volunteers?) who chatted with us, shared info and were excited to show us around. When they found out that my son is a blacksmith, they offered to walk over and show us the blacksmith cottage, which is usually closed due to COVID, I think. He was in heaven!

The covered bridge was cool too. Very pleasant stop!
Written 24 July 2021
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Adam S
Vashon, WA517 contributions
May 2021
If you come in the south entrance to the Park make sure to save some time to visit this History Center. Lots of original buildings have been preserved and re-located and you can walk around the site for free. Unfortunately the buildings are currently closed but you can peer in some of the windows. Get a feel for what it was like for European settlers living in the area 100+ years ago.
Written 28 June 2021
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Kenneth L
Los Angeles, CA422 contributions
Aug 2019
I had driven past Wawona many times but never knew about Pioneer Yosemite History Center just to the north. You start with a wagon shed with open sides and views of maybe two dozen wagon, coaches, and other animal powered vehicles. Also the Gray Barn where they hold square dances in the evening, but we were long along our way by then. Then you cross a covered bridge into an open area surrounded by about a dozen old historic buildings that had been moved here from the area. Most were closed, but there was an interpreter at the Wells Fargo telling about Wells Fargo freight (no bank yet), but was also Western Union telegraph and a phone switch board, although we were told it was probably faster to send a telegram than use the primitive telephone. There were two blacksmiths working in the Blacksmith shop making decorative items from old horse shoes. Since my camera messed up, we hope to return.
Written 29 September 2019
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legsbell
Martinez, CA1,029 contributions
Aug 2019
I love crossing the the wooden covered bridge to the Pioneer Center. Though you can't go in any of the buildings, except where the stage coaches/farm equipment are housed, it's fun reading about each building and looking in the windows,
Written 26 August 2019
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,111 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
My son enjoyed his time here. We visited the stables and met the mule horses. They have pointy ears. There was an active bkacksmith on location who we bought a horseshoe from. We met a lovely ranger who walked us through all the log cabins. We saw a range of stagecoaches as well. It was a short walk from the wawona hotel. This is a must visit.
Written 15 August 2019
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brienoc
Manchaca, TX145 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Not much here to see. It's great to take the kids to run around a little, but honestly there isn't much.
Written 18 June 2019
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State96,477 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is such a cool feature of Wawona – local mountain history that you can experience first hand. My favorite two buildings are the jail (bad guys waited till after breakfast to escape as it was so easy) and the Homestead (stairs to the upstairs bedroom are outside!)

When I visited in June, the buildings were not staffed. But I still enjoyed my visit.
Written 16 June 2019
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Rachel J
Carbondale, IL429 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Cute little area to walk around. We checked it out after a short hike to the “swinging bridge”. I highly recommend this trail. Drive up Forest past the pioneer center. The road ends at the trailhead. It is an easy walk. The trail is wide and flat. The bridge is really cool.
Written 30 May 2019
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racytrubin
Salem, MA90 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is a must see and experience when visiting this magical, majestic National Park.
The best is “Buckshot” the stagecoach driver and a Park ranger. His love for history and Yosemite gives you goosebumps. The Pioneer History Center has a covered bridge that the horse-driven stagecoach travels through. Also, the 1880’s Grey Barn, (square dances held in summer), blacksmith shop, cavalry office, ranger patrol cabin, Wells Fargo Office, homestead cabin, powder house and jail, horseback riding too!
All this along the Merced River in Wawona!
Thank you Park Rangers and volunteers.
Written 17 May 2019
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