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The Original Yosemite Firefall

From 1872 to 1968, Yosemite had an actual firefall—a large bonfire that camp concessionaires pushed off Glacier Point.

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You might be familiar with Yosemite’s “firefall,” an annual visual phenomenon that occurs when the sun backlights Horsetail Falls. But did you know that for nearly 100 years, park concessionaires staged a literal firefall by pushing a bonfire off of Glacier Point? See what it looked like in this archival wide-angle footage of the spectacle’s construction and execution.