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The Mineral King Community before 1906

...that living historic communities are a part of the National Park system.

Occupied villages, commercial enterprises, farm areas, trading posts and educational institutes have been encouraged and supported by several national parks for many years.

...that "The Park Service in recent years has cultivated a new appreciation for the historic and cultural elements under its care--even in what are primarily "natural" parks. "Cultural Landscape" is the agency's term to describe the almost seamless melding of man's work with nature's, and the public has internalized the concept." (National Parks and Conservation Association in National Parks magazine, Sept/Oct, 1997)" The Park Service is beginning to recognize that landscapes shared bv humans--cultural landscapes--are as much a part of our country's rich heritage as natural ones.

...that Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park declares in its 1997 Mission Statement that one area of Park significance is "...a wide spectrum of prehistoric and historic sites documenting human adaptations in their historical settings throughout the Sierran environments." And one of four Park purposes is to ".. protect and preserve significant cultural resources."

...that to date, historic designation of this "wide spectrum of prehistoric and historic sites" includes only 19 properties listed as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the California State Historic Preservation Office. Of these, more than half are government administration sites and structures built in the 1920s to 1940s.

...that Mineral King's historic structures and sites include mines and mill sites from the 1870s, a road constructed in 1879, 1870s-1890s lumbering sites; 1904-1906 power company dams above the valley; and the early cabin structures dating from 1895 on.

Next: Imagine the the Mineral King Valley forty years from now.

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