Former first lady Laura Bush attended the re-dedication ceremony of Tioga Road on Tuesday, held 100 years after the original ceremony, in Yosemite National Park.
Tioga Road is a 46-mile highway in the northern part of Yosemite and the highest road crossing the Sierra Nevada, at an elevation of 9,945 feet. It is a popular route for the park’s 4 million annual visitors to take.
Stephen Mather dedicated the opening of Tioga Road on July 28, 1915. It had previously been a private toll road through the park before Mather and friends purchased it for $15,000, and donated it to the federal government. Mather dedicated the road by breaking a bottle filled with water from the Pacific Ocean on a rock with “$15,000” painted on it, to symbolize Tioga’s price.
Bush participated in the re-enactment ceremony with park Superintendent Don Neubacher and Yosemite Conservancy vice president Jerry Edelbrock.
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“I’ve loved our parks for many years and hiked in parks all over the country accompanied by my friends,” she said in a prepared statement.
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