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AUTHORIZING A GRANT TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
OF THE YOSEMITE VALLEY, AND OF THE LAND EM-
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America, in Congress assembled : That there sball be and is hereby granted to the State of California, the “ cleft” or gorge” in the granite peak of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, situated in the County of Mariposa, in the State aforesaid, and the head waters of the Merced River, and known as the Yosemite Valley, with its branches and spurs, in estimated length fifteen miles, and in average width one mile back from the main edge of the precipice on each side of the valley, with the stipulation, nevertheless, that the said State shall accept this grant upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation ; shall be inalienable for all time; but leases not exceeding ten years may be granted for portions of said premises. All incomes derived from leases of privileges to be expended in the preservation and improvement of the property, or the roads leading thereto; the boundaries to be established, at the cost of said State, by the United States Surveyor-General of California, whose official plat, when affirmed by the Commissioner of the General Land Office, sball constitute the evidence of the locus, extent, and limits of the said cleft or gorge; the premises to be managed by the Gov. ernor of the State, with eight other Commissioners, to be appointed by the Executive of California, and who shall receive no compensation for their services.
And be it further enacted, That there shall likewise be, and there is hereby granted to the said State of California, the tracts embracing wbat is known as the “ Mariposa Big Tree Grove," not to exceed the area of four sections, and to be taken in legal subdivisions of one quarter section each, with the like stipulation as expressed in the first section of this Act as to the State's acceptance, with like conditions as in the first section of this Act as to inalienability, yet with the same lease privilege; the income to be expended in preservation, improvement, and protection of the property; the premises to be managed by Commissioners, as stipulated in the first section of this Act, and to be taken in legal subdivisions, as aforesaid ; and the official plat of the United States Surveyor-General, when affirmed by the Commissioners of the General Land Office, to be the evidence of the locus of the said Mariposa Big Tree Grove. (Chap. CLXXXIV of the Statutes at large, passed at the 30th Congress, Session 1.)
STATE OF CALIFORNIA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Sacramento, Sept. 28th, 1864.
WHEREAS, The United States, by an Act passed at the first session of the Thirty-eighth Congress, bas granted to this State the territory comprising the “Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove," to be held and used for the purposes mentioned in said Act; and whereas, it is also provided in the Act that the management and control of the tracts of land shall be confided to a Board of Commissioners to be appointed by the Governor;
Now, therefore, be it known, that I, FRED’K F. Low, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the authority in me vested, hare appointed Fred. Law Olmsted, Professor J. D. Whitney, William Ashburner, I. W. Raymond, E. S. IIolden, Alexander Deering, George W. Coulter, and Galen Clark, said Commissioners, to whom is confided the management of the aforesaid tracts of land. And I bereby warn and command all persons to desist from trespassing or settling upon said territory, and from cutting timber or doing any unlawful acts within the limits of said grant.
All propositions for the improvement of the aforesaid tracts of land. or for leases, should be made to the Commissioners, through Fred. Law Olmsted, Bear Valley, Mariposa County.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the great seal of the State of California to be aflixed, this twenty-eighth day of September, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.
FRED'K F. LOW,
Governor of California. Attest: B. B. REDDING, Secretary of State.
By F. W. REDDING, Deputy.
the grant by the United States Government to the State of California of the Yosemite Valley and the Big Tree Grove, and to organize the Board of Commissioners, and to fully empower them to carry out the objects of the grant and fulfil the purposes of the trust.
[Approved April 20, 1866.] WHEREAS, By an Act of Congress entitled an Act authorizing a grant to the State of California of the Yosemite Valley and of the land embracing the Mariposa Big Tree Grove, approved June thirtieth, A. D. eighteen hundred and sixty-four, there was granted to the State of California, in the terms of said Act, said valley and the lands embracing said grove, upon certain conditions and stipulations therein expressed ; now, therefore, The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do
enact as follows :
SECTION 1. The State of California does hereby accept said grant upon the conditions, reservations, and stipulations contained in said Act of Congress.
Sec. 2. The Governor and the eight other Commissioners, Frederick Law Olmsted. Professor J. D. Whitney, William Ashburner, I. W. Raymond, E. S. IIolden, Alexander Deering, George W. Coulter, and Galen Clark, appointed by him on the twenty-eighth day of September, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, in accordance with the terms of said Act, are hereby constituted a Board to manage said premises, and any vacancy occurring therein from death, removal, or any cause, shall be filled by the appointment of the Governor. They shall be known in law as "The Commissioners to manage the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove," and by such name they and their successors may sue and be sued, and shall have full power to manage and administer the grant made and the trust created by said Act of Congress, and shall have full power to make and adopt all rules, regulations, and by-laws for their own government, and the government, improvement, and preservation of said premises not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States or of this State, or of said Act making the grant, or of any law of Congress or of the Legislature. They shall hold their first meeting at the time and place to be specified by the Governor, and thereafter as their own rules shall prescribe, and a majority shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. They shall elect a President and Secretary, and any other officers from their number as their rules may prescribe.
Sec. 3. None of said Commissioners shall receive any compensation for their services as such. They shall have power to appoint a guardian, either of their number or not, of said premises, removable at their pleasure, to perform such duties as they may prescribe, and to receive such compensation as they may fix, not to exceed five hundred dollars per annum.
Sec. 4. The Commissioners shall make a full report of the condition of said premises, and of their acts under this law. and of their expenditures, through the Governor, to the Legislature, at every regular session thereof.