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Valentines Day has roots in both Christian and Roman cultures and while Europe had established it as a holiday long before our countries existence, it has grown to be the second most popular holiday for the year here in the United States. While Esther Howland was building her empire as the “Mother of Valentines Day” with beautifully mass produced Valentines Day cards on the East Coast, the Gold Rush was bringing lots of dreamers to the West Coast. Specifically an area in California know as Tuolumne County and more specifically Groveland. Many dreamers became successful business people and some became rich. While lots of settlements and establishments came and went, the richest discovery of that period, in this area, was the discovery and establishment of Yosemite as a national park. Forty years after Howland had ran her first edition of cards, Peri Ranch was established. Fifty years after Howland, Yosemite became a place protected for all to bask in its glory. And February 14, 1947 Peri Ranch, which became Sugar Pine Ranch under new ownership, celebrated their first Valentines Day. Sixty-nine years later SPR still celebrates Valentines Day. One hundred twenty six years later Yosemite National Park gets to be seen by many of sweethearts taking time out for each other. Though everyday, here, we try and show our appreciation to one another it is nice that on this holiday, we take an extra special moment to welcome some extra time, an extra kiss, and/or hug…perhaps with a hand full of flowers.

1840 Esther Howland started producing the first commercially made Valentines day cards

1849 Gold rush brought lots of miners and settlers to the area

1864 Abraham Lincoln signed the bill on behalf of the State of California turning over Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to state.

1860 Golden Rock Ditch was built

1880 Peri Ranch (eventually to be know as Sugar Pine Ranch)

1890 Yosemite became a national park because of the efforts of John Muir.

1946 Peri Ranch became Sugar Pine Ranch

 

http://tchistory.org/TCHISTORY/SouthoftheRiver.htm

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/yosemite-national-park-established

http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day

http://www.amazingwomeninhistory.com/esther-howland-american-valentine/

http://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/index.htm