As we were rolling past the Yosemite Chapel yesterday morning I read “Curry Village” on a sign, but didn’t process anymore than that as I don’t need directions to anything in Yosemite. A few moments later I realized I was reading the original sign “Curry Village” not “Half Dome Village” which had been covering up the words “Curry Village” since February 2016. Excited that the name was back, we had to check out and see if the Ahwahnee was back, and it was….the name Majestic was removed that was hiding the name Ahwahnee.
Somehow we missed the news, but on Monday morning July 15th the naming rights lawsuit was settled with Delaware North Companies (DNC) . DNC was the parks concessionaire from 2001 to 2016, and they believed that they owed the name Curry Village that was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Curry in 1899, the Ahwahnee founded in 1927, Wawona founded in 1856 and Badger Pass Ski resort (oldest in California) founded in 1935. (You can read more about these wonderful spots in my posts on “Rollin’ Down the Hallway”, just click on Yosemite on the navigation links on the right side of the “Rollin’ Down the Hallway” page.
Three years ago Sandi and I along with millions of Americans sent letters to our Congressional Representatives to go after DNC and get back the parks names. As a result of the problems with DNC new concessionaire contracts for all National Park will include new language regarding intellectual property so this will never happens again.
Our visit to the park was a brief one as we were celebrating Sandi’s birthday. While there we noticed a LOT of changes throughout the park’s eateries…..I’ll be updating my blog “Yosemite Village and Visitor Center’ from the summer of 2014 with news about the changes. So look for the updates in eight weeks when we return to Yosemite for a long weekend with Family!