Skip to comments.Historic Bridges of Yosemite Valley Under Siege
Posted on 07/08/2012 7:46:08 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
Perhaps no river crossing in Yosemite Valley has been more photographed than the historic Stoneman Bridge: a single, arching span faced with rough-hewn granite that provides a dramatic foreground to Half Dome, the park's most iconic natural marvel.
Yet the 205-foot bridge is slated for possible removal under proposed plans for restoring the natural flow of the Merced River. As a federally designated "Wild and Scenic River," some say its course should be shaped only by nature as it meanders through the valley and bridge abutments alter that course.
The future of the roughly 80-year-old Stoneman and two other spandrel arch bridges has pitted environmentalists, who want the river to flow freely, against historic preservationists who say these early examples of the rustic park architectural style are too culturally important to destroy.
"We're talking about nationally significant resources in arguably the best-known national park in the world. What happens in Yosemite has echoes throughout the National Park System," said Anthony Veerkamp of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
It's why last month the trust placed the Stoneman and two other Yosemite Valley stone-arch bridges threatened with removal the Ahwahnee Bridge and the Sugar Pine Bridge on its 2012 most endangered historic places list.
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Given the radicalism of Obama, I wouldn't be surprised to see these bridges destroyed before January. It's probably ranked high on their agenda.
It's hard to believe that our government once built these magnificent structures. That was before the government types got infected with some bizarre disease.
I only see two choices...leave things like they are....or remove ever essence of modern world items entirely (bridges, roads, paths, hotels, camp grounds, etc).
Make Yosemite Valley the most unused place on the face of the Earth...even by environmentalists.
That’s really the two choices we face, isn’t it?
How did such a small number of fanatics get to the position of dictating their whims to us? It’s just like the homo lobby...maybe 2% of the population totally upending millennia of social norms and stability.
The left and the environmentalists are the Talee-bahn of the USA. They would prefer that we revert to pre-industrial revolution America. In essence they are dangerous lunatics with Unicorn farts for brains.
The left disgusts me.
Seems to me that the bridges of Yellowstone are a means of facilitating the intended purpose of the park. In fact, its going on all over the country.
Last time I was at Pictured Rocks national lakeshore some clown handed me a flier promoting closing the roads to private vehicles and using shuttles instead. I told the first ranger I ran into that if such a plan were implemented, I would not return.
They are as bad as the radical Muslims that destroy ancient religious symbols.
I conceded the valley floor to the screeming parents, braty kids (and their trash), Japanese tour busses, pooping dogs long ago, and hoards of pilgrmes up to Half Dome, long ago. There is very little that is peaceful or natural in the valley.
I think the enviros have an uphill battle on this one.
envirowackies are getting to be like Muzzies who destroy Christian icons and other architectual buildings....I am so SICK of these people.
The lunatics truly are running the asylum.
How about we compromise and just remove the leftists?
That’s a nice looking bridge.
Wonder what the story is on the little door sized arch on the far side?
There is the town of Tombstone that wants alter boulders and rock after nature did a number on their water rights.
Since 0bama's son doesn't live in Tombstone they are out of luck!
It is sickening to see the US go back to the time when Mohammad walked the earth.
The goal: to exclude the unwashed (read non-eviroweenies) from as much public land as possible.
By obtaining substantial control over media and education. If they are not ejected from these ranks soon, it's all over.
“How did such a small number of fanatics get to the position of dictating their whims to us?”
It started with the creation of the EPA.
How about they work on Hetch Hetchy first? Same park. Much bigger impact, since they flooded a whole valley to do it. Some claim a prettier valley than the one in question here.
Life After People says it’ll fall down in a few hundred years when we’re gone, from lack of maintenance. See UN Agenda 21...
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