Madera and three other communities surrounding Yosemite National Park will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant beginning next year, officials announced this month.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the grant, which protected the scenic wilderness lands of Mariposa Grove and the Yosemite Valley Areas, now known as Yosemite National Park, on June 30, 1864.
It was the first time land had been set aside for preservation and public use by the U.S. federal government. Yosemite became officially established as a national park on Oct. 1, 1890.
The National Park Service and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau are now working together to plan several events leading up to the 150th anniversary of the grant on June 30, 2014...