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Hetch Hetchy Valley

1913

Congress authorized the dam at Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park

Lakeview Gusher

March 15, 1910

The amazing Lakeview Gusher started spewing crude oil into the air of the San Joaquin Valley in California. Oil shot into the air at an estimated 125,000 barrels a day from a column of oil and sand 20 feet in diameter and 200 feet high (6 meters by 60 meters). The gushing continued at a reduced rate for 18 months and released approximately 9.4 million barrels. According to the San Joaquin Geological Society website, “Preachers and their flocks prayed that oil might not cover the earth and bring about its flaming destruction.” Half the oil was captured and processed but the rest flowed into local rivers, agricultural land, the air and the water table.

Yosemite under Federal Control

1905

California legislature agreed to return Yosemite Valley to federal control

Teddy Roosevelt visits Yosemite

1903

Teddy Roosevelt visited Yosemite with Muir

Sierra Club outing

1901

First Sierra Club outing (to Tuolomne Meadows)