Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Pioneer Yosemite History Center
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Pioneer Yosemite History Centre (free entry) is located in Wawona. This is an outdoor museum featuring a collection of historic pioneer buildings, structures, wagons and agricultural equipment, providing visitors a glimpse into the daily lives and dealings of the late 19th century.

The area includes a handful of cabins, studio, jail and office buildings constructed of wooden logs as well as the historic Wawona Covered Bridge. Most of the buildings were situated in various locations around Yosemite but relocated to provide an educational experience for visitors to Yosemite NP.

We enjoyed spending 20 minutes or so browsing around the Pioneer Yosemite History Centre and would gladly revisit during future trips to the national park.

Note: There are two small bathroom units outside the Pioneer Yosemite History Center next to the carpark area.
Written May 14, 2019
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Kenneth L
Los Angeles, CA404 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I had driven past Wawona many times but never knew about Pioneer Yosemite History Center just to the north. You start with a wagon shed with open sides and views of maybe two dozen wagon, coaches, and other animal powered vehicles. Also the Gray Barn where they hold square dances in the evening, but we were long along our way by then. Then you cross a covered bridge into an open area surrounded by about a dozen old historic buildings that had been moved here from the area. Most were closed, but there was an interpreter at the Wells Fargo telling about Wells Fargo freight (no bank yet), but was also Western Union telegraph and a phone switch board, although we were told it was probably faster to send a telegram than use the primitive telephone. There were two blacksmiths working in the Blacksmith shop making decorative items from old horse shoes. Since my camera messed up, we hope to return.
Written September 29, 2019
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racytrubin
Salem, MA107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is a must see and experience when visiting this magical, majestic National Park.
The best is “Buckshot” the stagecoach driver and a Park ranger. His love for history and Yosemite gives you goosebumps. The Pioneer History Center has a covered bridge that the horse-driven stagecoach travels through. Also, the 1880’s Grey Barn, (square dances held in summer), blacksmith shop, cavalry office, ranger patrol cabin, Wells Fargo Office, homestead cabin, powder house and jail, horseback riding too!
All this along the Merced River in Wawona!
Thank you Park Rangers and volunteers.
Written May 17, 2019
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,394 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Family
My son enjoyed his time here. We visited the stables and met the mule horses. They have pointy ears. There was an active bkacksmith on location who we bought a horseshoe from. We met a lovely ranger who walked us through all the log cabins. We saw a range of stagecoaches as well. It was a short walk from the wawona hotel. This is a must visit.
Written August 15, 2019
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Rachel J
Carbondale, IL446 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Cute little area to walk around. We checked it out after a short hike to the “swinging bridge”. I highly recommend this trail. Drive up Forest past the pioneer center. The road ends at the trailhead. It is an easy walk. The trail is wide and flat. The bridge is really cool.
Written May 30, 2019
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Josh T
Portsmouth, NH220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We stumbled on this building museum by accident and were pleasantly surprised. A collection of a dozen (or so) structures give some perspective into Yosemite's pioneer past. Free with admission to Yosemite.
Written September 13, 2018
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DonnaandGene
Arcadia, CA86 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
My husband and I took our five grandchildren to Yosemite for seven nights. They looked forward to visiting the Pioneer Center, which was lovely. When we arrived, we purchased tickets for the horse-drawn stage ride with sweet horses. When I purchased the tickets I requested that we be able to all occupy the stage at the same time--myself and the five grand kids, the attendant was kind and said "yes, of course your group will fill the stagecoach". The stage holds six inside and an adult up front with the driver, so it was best that we travel without other patrons. When it was time to ride another grandmother and her child who had tickets said she was happy to wait for the next ride (10 minutes) so we could comfortably ride together. She was sweet. The driver, who said he was also a ranger, (grumpiest ranger I have ever met in my 75 years) insisted we must all ride at the same time--our family and hers. When she repeated that she would wait, he became angry and said "get on now or don't ride." We rode, the kids were jammed together and very unhappy to be separated from me. He said I had to ride up front (away from the kids) so the lady could ride with her grandchild. It was a terrible experience. Don't take your kids or grandchildren. He is a mean man. A wonderful substitute for the family is the Sugar Pine Railroad, right down the road! You take an old steam train into the forest through beautiful trees. The staff is very welcoming to families.
Written August 13, 2017
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Helen G
Ocean City, NJ203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this little village. Entered through a cover d bridge this is a cluster of relocated building from within Yosemite, several houses and homesteads, a jail, stables, blacksmith and others. You can also enjoy a stagecoach ride with an informative ranger at the reigns. After you are finished at the village follow the road down to the parking lot at the end and walk down to the hanging bridge and scenic river walk. Relax and enjoy a dip in the refreshing water or a picnic in the area. If you are not sure where this is stop in at the Rangers station in Wawona to ask for directions. It's a great trip for everyone.
Written January 2, 2017
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Colin Archibald
Kingston, TN4,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
In all my trips to Ysoemite we never stopped at Wawona. We missed a lot. The Pioneer History Center is a great place to see the history of the park and the way the early residents of the park lived.
Written August 11, 2016
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Monica N
Panama City Beach, FL1,453 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Friends
For a moment ~ imagine yourself back in the 1860s ... living in the pioneer days when all you had was a dream and ambition enough to make it come true.

Many people died trying to follow their dreams, however, there were many survivors. Pioneer Village within Yosemite National Park is well preserved with an abundance of history that draws you in. You can imagine the way the people lived back in the days where Wells Fargo and Company would receive money transfers via stagecoach.
Be prepared to walk because there is a large terrain to explore. Well worth the visit!

Enjoy!
Written March 10, 2016
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