He allowed them to walk a ways out onto the cliff and let my grandmothers "ashes" join those of her husband.The fire fall has a very special place in the hearts of our family. My very first, and one of my favorite, memories I have of Yosemite is seeing the Yosemite Firefall during our family camping trip in the Summer of 1969.To boot, the museum has one of the original tin horns used to announce the earliest firefalls and I regularly show it to visitors while tell them my first hand memories of that event. Kennedy called the Fire Fall the night he was in Yosemite while sitting as a President.
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They took those ashes and drove cross country to Yosemite.
They arrived at Yosemite and stood at the top of the cliff where the fire fall start and explained their mission to the Park Service employee on duty.
They delayed the event so he could complete the call and see it. It describes the firefall in great detail and is written on envelope and letterhead of Camp Curry.
If you are interested, please view this link: Letter on ebay. Rachel My grandfather, Ansel Hall was the first Chief Naturalist for the National Park Service. When he i d in 1963 his ashes were pushed over with "the fire fall".
My grandmother, his wife June died in 1989 at the age of 90.
While her body was donated to science, her children "burned" many items that represented her spirit.From 1965 until the very last time that the fires fell (1968 seems right) I remember hearing the back and forth calls from the campgrounds to Glacier Point ending with "let the fires fall! Each year I dreamed of escaping the city to live in Yosemite.That dream has become as true as it could practically be, as I now Live in Mariposa County and run the local History Center.In summer of 1951 my mom worked as a housekeeper at Camp Curry and at night she sang the Indian Love Song.My mom always marveled at how much my dad must have loved Yosemite because he came up there every weekend....little did she know they would marry in Oct of 1951.I am curious if perhaps the Firefall tradition continued unofficially for a short time, through 1969, after it had been officially cancelled in 1968?