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National Park Service Manages To Regain Ionic Yosemite Names Like ‘Curry Village’ & ‘Ahwahnee Hotel’ — Albeit For $3.8 Million!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ‘LA Times’ story.

This is GREAT News.

Shame that it cost the National Park Service $3.84 Million. They are short of funds.

This should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.

I wrote about this, in reference to beloved ‘Curry Village‘, after my last visit in 2016.

Good News. The Park Service owns the names now.

Click to access my post.

It all had to do with who owned these iconic names like ‘Curry Village’. The National Park Service had not made an effort, in the past, to make sure that they owned them. That was the problem.

The prior Concession Holder to the Park held the rights to the name and only now parted with them after a total payoff coming to $12 million.

But, the National Park Service will, in essence, own the names going forward. That is GREAT news.

But, this issue is happening or going to happen in other Parks too. Concession Holders ‘trademarking’ iconic park names. The Park Service has to stop this.

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25 Rare Vintage Photos Of America’s National Parks by “Reader’s Digest”.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Reader’s Digest article with the pictures.

I thought you might enjoy them.

This was MY favorite. I visited ‘Curry Village‘ at Yosemite in 1992. In 2016 it was GONE!

Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Click to access my post about the renaming of the iconic ‘Curry Village’.

Well, enjoy.

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No “Curry Village” In Yosemite Valley Any More. It Is “Half Dome Village”.

by Anura Guruge


As it was, iconic and historic — having been established in 1899.


As of 2016 it will be known as “Half Dome Village”.


“Camp Curry” one of the best known names in Yosemite — alas, no more. This image and the one at top from Wikipedia.


The legendary, nightly “Yosemite Firefall”, orchestrated by Curry Camp, that came to an end in 1968. See Wikipedia “Yosemite Firefall” for details. Picture from Wikipedia.

Guide Books and maps of Yosemite still have references to “Curry Village” (or “Curry Camp“). But you will no longer, as of 2016, find any signs that say “Curry” once you enter Yosemite National Park. You could drive around the ‘Valley’ looking for “Curry” and never see any indication. It is now called “Half Dome Village“. The previous Concession Holder, “Delaware North“, had Trademarked the name. The new Concessionaire “Aramark” weren’t prepared to pay for the name. So “Curry” is history. A shame. The facilities, however, are all there and the dining room is still one of the best places for dinner or breakfast while in the ‘Valley’.

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by Anura Guruge