Yosemite Discovered

Series: The Whitcomb Discoveries

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Current Status: Editing

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Yosemite Discovered

An orphaned teen wants justice for his parents’ deaths but must move West with his greedy guardian where clashes between gold miners and Indians lead to the discovery of more than just Yosemite Valley.

(Note: The cover shown here is a mock-up provided by the author, not a graphic designer. An official cover will not be available until the book is published.)

Teacher Resources for this book available at: https://www.mariesontag.com/resources/teacher/

An Inside Look at Yosemite Discovered

Jim reminded Daniel, "You can't possess what you can't protect." Daniel knew this applied to both the Indians and the whites.

Book Research


When I visited CA in May 2018 to do more research for Yosemite Discovered, I found the location of my historical person’s first trading post in Big Oak Flat. This is where chapter 1 takes place. I also visited several other sites of Jim Savage’s trading posts, as well as Yosemite National Park.

More research videos can be found at:
Big Oak Flat Trading Post (Chapter 1)
Battle of Natividad (Chapter 2)
Colton Hall, Monterey, CA – the site of California’s Constitutional Convention (mentioned in Chapter 4)
Guadalupe River, San Jose, CA (Chapter 8)
Wood’s Creek near Jamestown, CA (mentioned in Chapter 10)
Savage Trading Post, Merced River (Chapter 11)
Merced River flowing into Yosemite (Chapter 14)
Road from Mariposa to Jim’s Merced River Trading Post (Chapter 14-15)
Agua Fria Trading Post (Chapter 15)
Yosemite Meadows – Valley Floor of the “Gaping Mouth” (Chapter 29)
Cascade Falls, Yosemite (Chapter 29) and https://vimeo.com/281168143

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