Diary details visit to Yosemite more than 100 years ago

Carmichael family holds family member's diary, which details accounts of Yosemite National Park from more than 100 years ago

As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years, a Carmichael family is sharing a diary detailing a family member's trip to Yosemite more than 100 years ago.

Inside a small, worn black book, is the detailed account of Della Jones’ visit to Yosemite in 1898.

The diary has been handed down through the years, and is now with Jones' great-granddaughter, Meganne Schrag.


Much of what Schrag knows about her great-grandmother is accounted in the diary. The diary is an important piece of history that tells what life was like more than 100 years ago, according to Schrag. 

“So I felt, this is a piece of history that was well worth sharing,” Schrag said.

Jones was born to a wealthy plantation family in Shelbyville, Tennessee in the mid-19th century, Schrag said. She later moved to St. Louis, Missouri and married a congressman, who died in 1896. While grieving over the death of her husband, Jones was invited by a friend to see the West Coast, Schrag said.

The diary begins by detailing a three-day, four-night trip by train from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Jones later traveled to Yosemite by wagon from June 1st to June 13th, 1898.

“We could not turn our eyes away without beholding something grand," Jones wrote. "It was truly gorgeous. God had made a beautiful thing with nature."

Reading through the diary is like traveling back in time. While many things have changed over the past 100 years, much of nature has remained the same. 

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