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In the 1960’s while attending Reedley College, the Yosemite National Park (Yosemite- Curry Co.) would hire college students to work weekends and holidays.
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.
He allowed them to walk a ways out onto the cliff and let my grandmothers "ashes" join those of her husband.
He was on an important phone call which he had to complete and he really wanted to see the Fire Fall. I am currently listing a letter on e Bay written 100 years ago from Camp Curry.
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.
He is the only person in history to delay the Fire Fall.
We went every year and for 5 or 6 years, no other place would do for family camping.
It was a time before cell phones, computers and before the rages of a far off war in Southeast Asia that would end our family travels to Yosemite.
In the meantime, I'll have to stick with the date on record. I am a travel writer for The Sacramento Bee and am going to write about the Yosemite Firefall. Readers, if you have first-hand knowledge of the Firefall, for instance if you worked for the park, please contact Reed at [email protected]
Could you please suggest someone I could interview on the phone about this topic? Growing up in Simi Valley Ca, during the early 1960's , one of my best childhood memories was of the family camping trips to Yosemite.[Editor] The only information I've seen in print is a press release published by the National Park Service which read as follows: "The Firefall, a fancy of James Mc Cauley’s that caught on, and was popular for almost a hundred years, died Thursday, January 25, 1968 in a blazing farewell. Hardly any congestion at all." Having said that, accuracy is important to me to.It was a dandy Firefall, fat and long and it ended with an exceptionally brilliant spurt, the embers lighting the cliff as they floated slowly downward … So if any readers can locate evidence that the Firefall continued past that date, please post it, and I'll look into doing a correction. However, maybe someone reading this page will see your request.We loved everything about Yosemite but most of all, we loved The Firefall. The Ranger talks and movies at the outdoor amphitheater, the bonfire and everything going dark, while waiting for the folks at Camp Curry and Glacier Point to begin shouting hello to each other and then finally "let the fire fall".