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Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Route 41, Wawona, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
209 375 9531 or 209 379 2646
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Wawona
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks
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Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We just happened to stop by here on a return drive from Mariposa grove, and it was one of the highlights of the trip! It had something for everyone in the family, from old buildings and history, to horses, to live blacksmiths! It is a slef paced tour and you can spend as much, or little, time as you like.... More

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Minden, Nevada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Very nice history museum. Beautiful art displays. very easy to read descriptions. Volunteer staff was very helpful. Very clean facility.

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Portland, Oregon
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174 reviews 174 reviews
64 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We dropped in here on a Sunday mid-morning to check it out. Pretty much all self guided tour took us through a collection of stage coaches that are in remarkable condition. Following that, we walked though the covered bridge which was very impressive with the main beams being hand cut with axes a long many years ago, obvious from the... More

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Muenster Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had this place to ourselves on a Tuesday afternoon. You can buy a brochure for a donation of 50 cents or borrow and return it. It has much the same information as you will find on the signs in front of each building anyhow. It was disappointing but not surprising to find we couldn’t get into the buildings. They... More

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Stromness, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A very interesting collection of old dwellings and farm equipment which you can wander around at your will. Gave a taste of what it must have been like in those early pioneering days. Great historic attraction well presented. The Wawona Hotel is nearby for food and there are picnic tables under the trees. Also ample parking. So pleased we decided... More

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Pinole, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stopped by on a Sunday afternoon, about mid-day. Took the self-guided tour of cabins that early settlers to the Yosemite lived in and an early bakery. Degnan's Bakery. This name is still used in Yosemite Valley as a Deli and Pizza parlor, covered bridge and a wonderful collection of old wagons. There are horses to rent and a stagecoach/wagon... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We arrived late on Sunday afternoon as the Pioneer Visitor Center was closing down. We saw enough to wish that we could have experienced it earlier. There are horses for riding, stagecoach collection and 15 minute rides for $5. There is a working blacksmith and other buildings.

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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Easy to miss this place as you hurtle into Yosemite - take a look on the way out. It is an interesting collection of old buildings that only take about 20 minutes to stroll around

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We visited in late May while a California middle school group was there so all the village sites were staffed with reenactors, which made it very interesting. Unfortunately we came late and only had a hour before closing. We'd been there years before, and it's much more interesting with the reenactors. Also has a beautiful covered bridge leading into the... More

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coppell texas usa
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

It is just a small area, but if you are in the wawona area, it's worth a visit. We took the short stage coach ride for $5. The ranger was quite entertaining!

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