Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Yosemite Falls (Upper, Middle, Lower) June l947 Jack Barrett photo from Valley p 8 # 58 {Y} {M}
Sophie had previously visited Yosemite Valley in September l930, when the falls were nearly dry. She stayed at the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley. In l947 The Barretts had to stay at the Wawona Hotel about twenty-one miles south of the valley near sequoia trees, and the park has become more and more crowded with tourists.The Barretts visited Glacier Point and Happy Isles and Mirror Lake and Mount Waktins and Hetch Hetchy Valley, a once-beautiful "Second Yosemite Valley" on the Tuolumne River in the north part of the park, which was flooded in l9l3 to make a water resevoir for San Francisco. Many environmentalists want to see the dam removed and Hetch Hetchy restored to its original beauty. The Mount Holyoke College art museum has an l880's painting of forests and deer in Hetch Hetchy Valley.On the north side of Yosemite Valley Yosemite Falls descends in three stages totalling one thousand,nine hundred feet.The Upper Falls has a sheer drop of twelve hundred feet.The Sierra Nevada batholith region is hundreds of miles long and fifty to eighty miles wide.The highest point is 14,495 foot Mount Whitney on the east border of Sequoia Park.The Sierra Nevada is continuing to rise- a process that began about twenty-five million years ago.In l833 Joseph Walker crossed the East Sierra escarpment & the uplands between the Tuolumne and Merced rivers and the route that has become the western part of the TIOGA Pass ROAD. His men sawYosemite Valles and the Big Trees.Zonas Leonard kept a journal,which was published in Pennsylvania in l839.Major James Savage and theMariposa militia battalion entered the valley in 1851 and propsed to name it for the Indian tribe that lived there. In l863 the director of the Geoloigcla Survey of California explored the headwaters of the Tuolumne river with William Brewer and Charles Hoffman.Mount Hoffman is a l0,850 foot summit about six miles northeast of Half Dome and the east end of yosemite Valley with a superb panorama view of most of the Yosemite park region.Frederick Law Olmstead early l860's manageda California gold mine and persuaded President Lincoln to transfer the Yosemite Valley "cleft" and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to California for preservation as a state park. An much expanded National Park was created l890.Mollie Barrett is barely visible to right of family Lincoln Zephyr in left foreground.
Subject: Yosemite Falls Jack Barrett photo
Year: 1947JuneYosemite