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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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by Anura Guruge


CA Route 130 The ONLY Way To Go From San Francisco To Yosemite.

by Anura Guruge


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Route 130 from San Jose across Mount Hamilton to Patterson (CA) just off Interstate 5. From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.


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Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Route_130

Wikipedia entry for Route 130.
Click to ENLARGE and read here.


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Google Maps view of some of the route. Click to ENLARGE. You can see the twists and turns.


I have so far been lucky enough to drive this amazingly scenic and exhilarating route thrice; once West-to-East in 1992 and in both directions in April of this year — coming back East-to-West thanks to Teischan, who like I loved it, and insisted that we come back on it.

To me this is the ONLY way to go to Yosemite from the San Francisco area. Just sets you up, so nicely for what is to come.

I used to go to San Jose often during 1992 to 2000. I would always see this beautiful observatory (the ‘Lick‘), with iconic white domes, way up on the hills. I wanted to go there. That is how I found Route 130. Then in September 1992, after delivering a 3-day seminar for Cisco in San Jose, we were going to drive to Yosemite for a vacation. I chose to use 130 given that I was already in San Jose and the route started just there. Loved it. I was driving a rental Lincoln Continental that time. I did make the mistake of setting off without a full tank of gas. That was a mistake. Though end-to-end, San Jose to Patterson is only around 54 miles, all the hairpin bends and the steep climbs — 4 of them — does a job on your fuel economy, especially in a big, heavy V8 like the Lincoln. In April I was driving a rental, fairly new 4WD Nissan Pathfinder. I filled up with gas on Alum Rock Avenue just before setting off.

Driving the Pathfinder on 130 was an absolute joy. That was why I wanted to get one — though we ended up, instead, with a Nissan Quest.

Every car manufacturer should use this route as a way to showcase their cars. I would love to drive it again, at least one, before I die — ideally in a Jag.

West-to-East, the first half, up to the Observatory is absolutely picturesque. You also get to see some expensive, multi-million dollar mansions. The second half, especially the last 20 miles is tranquil beyond description. Mainly flat pastoral land, horses, small streams, lots of greenery — extremely peaceful and quiet.

You really have to drive it. Weekends, as we found out, tend to be a tad crowded, though it is not bad. Lots of cyclists, motorbikes and even joggers. But we came back mid-week, on a Thursday. Hardly met anybody! Beautiful.


This piece from “motorcycleroads.us” sums it up nicely.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. (Use above link to access original.)

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by Anura Guruge


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

by Anura Guruge


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


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


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


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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