Reader Bob Shellenberger laments Stockton’s somewhat severed connection to Yosemite National Park.
“California’s two major tourist attractions in the late 1800s were the Calaveras Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite (originally Yo Semite) Valley. The route to both went through Stockton. To visit Yosemite, you either took ‘the train of cars’ to Stockton or came by river boat (my favorite). From Stockton another railroad extended as far as Milton. From there, it was by stage coach to Chinese Camp and the Big Oak Flat route on to Yosemite.
“Stockton was, indeed, the original gateway to Yosemite and the city reflected its pride in this association. The appellation Yosemite was once in common use throughout the city, and, as noted, still includes the name of one of Stockton’s streets.
“It is a lost heritage. Thanks for remembering.”