Overhanging Rock, No Place to Hide

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3,254 Feet Down
3,254 Feet Down

This (if they had their eyes open) is what all of those posing in the following photographs saw of the Yosemite Valley floor some 3,200 feet below.

Hard to Focus
Hard to Focus

Overhanging Rock was a popular point to take photographs from but the following photos show it was an exciting and dramatic place to have your picture taken. From U. C. Bancroft Library archives.

Overhanging Rock, 1908
Overhanging Rock, 1908

Most of the early poses were sitting down and clutching for dear life but soon groups, acrobats, dancers, cars, animals made Overhanging Rock a popular site.

Joanie's Grandfather
Joanie's Grandfather

Photograph of Willam Munce on a trip to Yosemite in 1911, from JoaniesBalonie blog.

Early Solo Woman
Early Solo Woman

Taking one of the first poses with a decidedly casual stance.

Single Man Waving
Single Man Waving
One More Step?
One More Step?
Handstands Over View
Handstands Over View
Galen Clark
Galen Clark

In 1866, Yosemite commission member Galen Clark was chosen as the Guardian of Yosemite. Serving two terms as guardian totaling 22 years, Clark was known for his energy and ingenuity. Famed botanist John Muir called him the best mountaineer he ever met.

Measuring Snowfall
Measuring Snowfall

Glacier Point is a viewpoint above Yosemite Valley, in California. It is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet (2,199 m), 3,200 feet (980 m) above Half Dome Village.

Where's My Ball?
Where's My Ball?
Lover's Leap?
Lover's Leap?
No Backing Down Now!
No Backing Down Now!

It's not known whether she said "yes" or "no."

Don't Let Go!
Don't Let Go!
Dancing Ladies
Dancing Ladies

Kitty Tatch and Katherine Hazelston were waitresses in Yosemite’s Sentinel Hotel in the 1890s. They danced atop Overhanging Rock at Glacier Point for George Fiske’s famous photograph.

How About This Step?
How About This Step?
Roosevelt-Muir
Roosevelt-Muir

President Theodore Roosevelt, left, poses with John Muir for pictures on Overhanging Rock at the top of Glacier Point, near which the men camped in a hollow and awoke to five inches of snow in 1903.

Patriotic Family
Patriotic Family

Tourists with an American flag at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, 1890’s.

Early Threesome
Early Threesome
More Daring Trio-1920
More Daring Trio-1920
Fearless Quintet
Fearless Quintet
Seven Taking a Seat
Seven Taking a Seat
Dead End
Dead End

Locomobile steam car on Overhanging Rock in 1900. This was the first automobile to enter Yosemite Valley. Oliver Lippincott drove up the steep, winding road to Glacier Point. The next morning it was hauled onto Overhanging Rock by ropes for this famous photograph.

The Brakes Work!
The Brakes Work!

A 1916 publicity shot of a Studebaker Roadster.

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