Born in 1890

Yosemite Closes on Its 123rd Birthday

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There will be no birthday celebrations for Yosemite this year. On Tuesday, California’s Yosemite National Park was shut down, along with the nation’s other national parks and monuments, after Congress failed to pass a resolution funding the government. It just so happens that October 1 is the 123rd birthday of Yosemite, which was established by environmental advocate John Muir in 1890. The park attracts up to 4 million visitors annually, but today none will be allowed in to wish Yosemite a happy birthday.