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A state park from 1864, Yosemite became one of the first National Parks in 1890. From the first issue of Sunset, Yosemite has taken pride of place among natural wonders, appearing repeatedly on its pages. The magazine has not only covered National Parks, it has helped create several of them.

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May 1948 50th Anniversary cover

“The Bridal Veil falls in the spring, is one of the most exhilarating of sights.” See your Southern Pacific ticket agent for details. June 1904, p. 109. (photo: Tibbitts)

“El Capitan, 3,500 feet above the floor of the valley.” Yosemite was a constant presence in the early Sunset. June 1904, p. 107.

May 1988 90th Anniversary cover. (photo: Mark Kelly, Alaska Photo)

Left: “A meadow of flowers” at Yosemite. May 1900, p. 23. (photo: Tibbitts)

Right: “Thundering herd. To see this big a herd of bison in Yellowstone you leave the main highway and go by horseback over park trails. You can see a smaller herd of them from your car at Antelope Creek south of Tower Falls.” July 1938, p. 10. (photo: Haynes, Inc.)

Left to right:

May 1990 cover

“The road to Mt. Rainier runs through magnificent forests of Douglas spruce; some of the trees are fifteen feet in diameter. As the altitude increases, the beautiful Alpine hemlocks appear.” January 1912, p. 42.

“There are only three National Parks of the United States where the automobilist is permitted. This wonderful trip [to Mt. Rainier] may be made easily from either Seattle or Tacoma, Washington.” The National Parks have grown and changed, with the help and support of Sunset. January 1912, p. 41.

November 1989 cover. One of the last Lane issues, this cover features the larger cursive-style logo as well as the Golden Gate Bridge. (photo: Glenn Christiansen)

Left: Indian “morteros” (for grinding acorns) are part of the Western heritage and easily explored in historic parks. November 1968, p. 48.

Center: “Who can describe the ascent of Mount Shasta; its fields of eternal snow; its glaciers, its immensity,” and who makes the ascent these days wearing skirts? November 1902, p. 37.

Right: “Thimbleberry and deer fern crowd edge of road through virgin stand of redwoods.” Travel breeds a sense of stewardship among the majestic giants. May 1978, p. 42. (photo: Peter O. Whiteley)