Section of the Grizzly Giant, 33 Feet Diameter, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, No. 111
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Carleton E. Watkins
American, 1861
Albumen silver print
17 x 20 1/2 in.

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Galen Clark, the figure in this photograph, was designated as the guardian of the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia about the time Abraham Lincoln ceded it to California in 1864. When this picture was made, Clark lived in a cabin (not pictured) nearby and maintained a rustic way station for visitors traveling to Yosemite Valley via the Mariposa Trail, which was developed in 1859.