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Pioneer Yosemite History Center

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Address: Route 41, Wawona, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: 209 375 9531 or 209 379 2646
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What a covered bridge!!

There were no Rangers or other employees here when we were. The various building and facilities have signboards that proved some information. Parking is good. The walk is a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2015
ranles76
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Escondido
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Cutler Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We walked through the history center as the snow was gently falling. Crossing the covered bridge into the little village made you feel like you were there when it was open for business.

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Escondido
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

There were no Rangers or other employees here when we were. The various building and facilities have signboards that proved some information. Parking is good. The walk is a bit of a challenge for non hikers, but not too. The horses were not there. We ate lunch in our car.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We visited on a recent trip and found it wasn't worth the time. According to the website the site was supposed to be active and a blacksmith-ing demonstration was supposed to be in progress. Instead, the buildings were all locked up and there was some park volunteer event going on. There are many other places you can spend your time.... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This was nice but it needs some renovation but that may just be because we went at the end of the season in October. The park gets 4 million visitors a year.

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Hitchin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We should have checked the timetable before we set off because on a Monday or Tuesday many of the attractions were not on, e.g. the horse and cart riding and most of the houses were shut up. But it was still interesting to walk around the outside of the buildings and it was free. I should imagine that on any... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a fun spot to stop and visit with friends and family. Historical buildings and you get a feel for what life was like back-in-the-day. All with a river running through it! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a little history break!

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

What a great way to learn about Yosemite's past. Cabins and buildings from around the area have been rebuilt in this area. Walk across a covered bridge and check out this site. There are picnic benches for a cool lunch next to a bustling stream.

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Nashville, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Allow a half hour or more to explore the small pioneer area full of buildings, bridge, and carriages. It is easily found in the area behind the Wawona Store near the historic Wawona Hotel. Imagine the buildings at their original locations and the lives of the many people who walked through their doorways, slept under their roofs, and rode in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This was an interesting kind of place. A diversion from the hikes and wilderness of Yosemite, sure, but an historic one. The homes were from the artist's heritage and the settlers that made Yosemite a true jewel in our nation's crown. It's worth a look around if you have the spare time.

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Raymond, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We did not realize it but they only open the buildings up and have people in period costumes acting in the stead of residents on July 4. It was interesting and they were great sports.

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