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Preferred Structure Name:
Glacier Point Road Embankments at Clark View
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No records.
Yosemite National Park
Historic District:
Historic District
Glacier Point Road Historic District
Structure State:
Structure County:
Pacific West
Pacific Great Basin
Administrative Unit:
Yosemite National Park
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Determined Eligible - SHPO
National Register Date:
National Historic Landmark?:
Significance Level:
Short Significance Description:
Glacier Point Road Historic District:
SHPO – DOE 09/27/2007
Significance Level: Local
Significant for Criteria A and C
Period of Significance: 1882-1936
Long Significance Description:
The Glacier Point Road system is a cultural landscape located within Yosemite National Park. The landscape encompasses both the currently used Glacier Point Road and Old Glacier Point Road. The landscape is significant for its association with the development of tourism and scenic preservation and the development of transportation in Yosemite National Park (Criterion A). It is also significant for its association with the design style of naturalistic landscape architecture put forth by the NPS during the 1930s (Criterion C). It is recommended eligible for the NRHP under Criteria A and C as a historic district with local significance. The property includes 140 contributing features, at least 50 non-contributing features, and 12 unknown features.

Glacier Point Road is an intact example of an early park scenic road constructed using the first national NPS standards for road building. Glacier Point Road retains integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. The road’s naturalistic character is apparent in the extant landscape characteristics and features, namely the road’s response to natural systems and features, spatial organization, topography, vegetation, land use, circulation, structures, views and vistas, small-scale features, and associated archeological resources, such as an example of the earliest type of park roads. For these reasons, Glacier Point Road is an excellent example of the type of road designed during the pinnacle of NPS rustic landscape design in the 1930s.
Construction Period:

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Physical Event
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Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer Occupation
Bureau of Public Lands
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Road Retaining Wall
Primary Current Use:
Road Retaining Wall
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
Other Functions or Uses:
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
No records.
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Structural Component(s)
Short Physical Description:
Large dry-laid embankment wall on downslope side of road is approximately 280' in length & 10-30' in height. No parapet wall above road surface. Wall supports road & 10' wide unpaved turnout/sholder. It consists of large layered boulders.
Long Physical Description:
Stone embankment or retaining walls in the steep, rocky section of road in the vicinity of Clark Range View were constructed of uncut, dry-laid boulders and cobbles. They were constructed on the downslope side of the roadway from Mile 10.61 to 10.63 and from Mile 10.65 to 10.79, a total of approximately 810 linear feet. These embankments were built as this section of the road was constructed from 1933-1935 (they are depicted on design drawings as “hand-laid rock embankment”). During the initial construction of the road through
this location, the NPS requested a 300-foot long parking area be built at this location. In response, the contractor widened the roadway by 9 feet between Miles 10.6 and 10.7, greatly increasing the amount of rock embankment built when compared to the quantity designed. The rock embankment wall supporting the parking area (Figure 25) is much more massive than the surrounding low embankment (Figure 26). It is 10 to 30 feet in height and approximately 280 feet in length. The wall supports the road and a 10-foot wide unpaved shoulder or turnout. There is no guardwall or revetment at this viewpoint. This retaining wall is an excellent example of blending the engineered structures into the natural landscape. There is no guardwall to intrude upon the view; the road edge leads directly into an expansive view of the Clark Range. The wall is built primarily of material removed from the rock cut on the upslope side of the roadway, appearing natural in color and texture, but placed in a more informal fashion than walls built to be viewed directly. The embankments at Clark Range View are intact, especially the large embankment supporting the turnout. The smaller rock embankments show some signs of dislodged rocks and erosion. These embankment walls contribute to the historic significance of the landscape by demonstrating design and construction considerations of the roadway.