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Prior to 1916, stewardship of Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks was the responsibility of the U.S. Army. In 1899, 1903, 1904 the job fell upon the 24th Infantry & 9th Cavalry, the Buffalo Soldiers. The 250-mile trek from the Presidio of San Francisco (Monterey in 1904) took 13 days, 15-30 miles a day. At the parks they built roads, protected the parks from fire, poachers, grazers, etc.
When the Buffalo Soldiers made these three trips to the National Parks Allen Allensworth was the chaplain of the 24th Infantry. (He was not stationed at the Presidio and did not make the trip the parks.)
The National Parks is planning a National Buffalo Soldier Historic Trail to memorialized the soldiers trek from the Presidio of San Francisco and Monterey to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Trail includes 20 stops: San Francisco, San Bruno, Palo Alto, San Jose, Gilroy, Salinas, Monterey, Los Banos, Dos Palos, Firebaugh, Madera, Fresno, Kingsburg, Sanger, Visalia, Lemon Cove, Three Rivers, Raymond, Crook’s Ranch, Wawona.
On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce will dedicate a mural that marks the site where 24th Infantry & 9th Cavalry camped during their stop in Los Banos.
Dedication Ceremony October 22, 2016 ~ 11:00 am
410 N Mercey Springs Rd
Los Banos, CA
Luncheon Reception (Immediately following the dedication)
New Canaan Missionary Baptist Church
424 N Mercey Springs Rd
Los Banos, CA
Lunch provided by New Caanan – $13 per person ~ the monthly wage of a Buffalo Soldier.
Please RSVP to:
Los Banos Chamber of Commerce
932 6th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635