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Document for June 30th:
Map of Yosemite National Park


Map of Yosemite National Park

Petition and map from John Muir and other founders of Sierra Club protesting a bill to reduce the size of Yosemite National Park., 01/02/1893 (National Archives Identifier: 306674); Series: Petitions and Memorials, 1820 - 1968; U.S. House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives; Record Group 233; National Archives.

On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, setting aside Yosemite Valley in one of the first instances of land preservation for public use. Initially granted to the State of California, this area would later be incorporated into the future Yosemite National Park. This map was included with a petition to Congress from the Sierra Club, protesting a bill to reduce the size of the park.
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