Preserving Special Places

Preserving Special Places (HM177Y)

Location: Aiken, CA 29801 Madera County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 37.464', W 119° 5.064'

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Devils Postpile stands not only as an unusual geologic wonder but as a monument to the visionary efforts of a dedicated conservationist. In 1910, under U.S. Forest Service management, engineer Walter L. Huber received an application from mining interests to blast the formation and dam the river. Huber sparked a campaign that succeeded in blocking the application and led to the designation of Devils Postpile National Monument in 1911. Since then, other citizens have worked with the National Park Service in its ongoing effort to protect the special scientific and recreational values of this area.

It is a remarkable example of basaltic columns, the finest, I believe, in America
Professor Joseph LeConte, 1909.

(Inscription relating to the main photograph)
James M. Hutchings took this photo of Devils Postpile in 1875 when he led an expedition from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. Appreciation of this geological wonder led to its inclusion in Yosemite National Park in 1890.
HM NumberHM177Y
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316055 N 4166185
Decimal Degrees37.62440000, -119.08440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 37.464', W 119° 5.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 37' 27.84" N, 119° 5' 3.84" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 255-355 Pacific Crest Trail, Aiken CA 29801, US
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