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Early in the parks--the first automobile arrives in Yosemite National Park

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avatar Early in the parks--the first automobile arrives in Yosemite National Park
June 24, 2009 03:56PM
"The first automobile to enter Yosemite was a Locomobile steam car driven by Oliver Lippincott who operated the Art Photo Co. in Los Angeles. Lippincott and his mechanic arrived June 24, 1900 and spent several weeks taking pictures to promote both Yosemite and the Locomobile."

http://www.examiner.com/x-4661-National-Parks-Travel-Examiner~y2009m6d24-Early-in-the-parksthe-first-automobile-arrives-in-Yosemite-National-Park
avatar Re: Early in the parks--the first automobile arrives in Yosemite National Park
June 24, 2009 04:16PM
A related previously posted comment from several weeks ago:

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?1,10553,10656#msg-10656


"Although the first auto entered Yosemite Valley in 1900, it was not until 1913 that they were authorized legal entry. On August 16, 1913 the first auto permit was issued by Ranger F. S. Townsley. The car drove into the Yosemite Valley via the Coulterville Road (the only one open to autos) and was promptly chained to a tree. (6, 85, 86) According to Townsley, auto travel began in earnest in 1914 despite the more than 60 separate regulations aimed at limiting vehicular traffic in the park. Not only was oneway traffic the rule, but strict schedules had to be met. Fines of 50 cents per minute were assessed the hapless driver who dawdled along the way. (86) Top speed permitted, on straight stretches only, was 10 miles per hour, with 6 m.p.h. as the limit where curves were evident. (87) "

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/tioga_road/automobiles_arrive.html

I would assume it was chained to a tree to prevent the owner from driving it in the valey and scaring the horses in use there.



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avatar Re: Early in the parks--the first automobile arrives in Yosemite National Park
June 26, 2009 11:49AM
Twice as good now.
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