Yosemite in the 1940s

07/21/2010 7:27 PM

12/13/2010 9:35 AM

The Yosemite shown in this 1940s travel film looks familiar, but it certainly isn't the national park we know today.


The tent cabins look like something out of a Civil War film, and the drive-through Wawona Tree at Mariposa Grove was still standing. 

If the footage at the 2 1/2-minute mark is any indication, visitors to the park 70 years ago were allowed -- even encouraged, apparently -- to hand-feed the black bears. "Bears are friendly ... unafraid," the video boasts. The deer, too, are shown being hand-fed by a visitor.









And here's another one:



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