Yosemite History & Museums: Leconte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Park

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Leconte Memorial Lodge

Leconte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park is a national historic landmark. Built by the Sierra Club in 1903-1904, the lodge was named after and honors the famous California Geologist Joseph LeConte. He was a director of the Sierra Club who died in 1901 in the valley. Read More

Leconte Memorial Lodge is a unique structure named after the famous California geologist Joseph LeConte. An official national historic landmark, it serves as a public information center within Yosemite National Park and is constructed of rough hewn granite and wood. A Tudor-style building, the lodge has existed as a public memorial since 1904, educating the public about the importance of conservation efforts within the park.

The lodge often presents public programs and has educational displays, as well as a library. The center is referred to as a lodge but it does not provide accommodation. In fact, the term "lodge" is used in the traditional sense of the word, as a gathering place.

Every year thousands of visitors come here to view the history of the building itself and take part in the many educational programs offered by the lodge. Here you can learn more about Yosemite National Park, as well as the Sierra Nevada and the National Park Idea.

In the library you will find a good collection of books on all aspects of the history of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, as well as books written about personalities important to the area such as John Muir, Ansel Adams, David Brower, and others. Children's books, magazines, and pamphlets are also available to the public.