Galen Clark
Yosemite Guardian ~
California's and the Nation's FIRST Park Ranger


Galen Clark in Yosemite Valley
The First State Park Guardian

Chapter excerpt from larger publication, PDF
Rangers of California's State Parks; 125 Years of Protection and Service
written by Michael G. Lynch

Galen Clark
Beloved Guardian at Yosemite

Galen Clark was officially named the "Beloved Man of Yosemite" by
his fellow citizens of Mariposa County . . .
Recent article by David McNeill, photos from the
NPS Yosemite Research Library, PDF


Galen Clark
His Life Story

The complete and detailed Galen Clark biography by Yosemite historian, Shirley Sargent.
Book description: The life story of Galen Clark, who was instrumental in preseving
Yosemite Valley's integrity and beauty.
Lavishly illustrated, including historic photographs.

External Link, book available at Yosemite Gifts, 88 Pages, Illustrated, Softbound $8.95

1891 Photograph© of Galen Clark
at Yosemite Valley on Horseback

Galen Clark was appointed State Guardian of Yosemite on May 21, 1866.

Clark was California's and the Nation's FIRST Park Ranger!
Clark is pictured here in Yosemite Valley in 1891, (image courtesy Michael G. Lynch)
during his second term as Park Guardian. Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove of Redwoods
were California State Parks from 1864 to 1906.

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Image © and rights owned by Michael G. Lynch, 2012

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