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Mary's Miscellanea: Yosemite memories, the fair and a little history

Mary Phillips Modified: August 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: August 26, 2013
• News sources have brought us the stories and photographs of the wildfires  encroaching upon Yosemite National Park.
Memories have been resurfacing of our family trip to Yosemite taken in the early ’60s when the park featured its famous firefall.
I can still remember, as a child, waiting in the dark and then seeing the glowing embers falling from the top of Glacier Point, just like a big orange waterfall.
The next day, we went to the top of Glacier Point and saw where the big bonfire burned. I remember the gray ashes and the large bulldozer that pushed the embers over the cliff.
The National Park Service ended the cinder fall in 1968, because it was not a natural event and nowadays it would be an extreme fire hazard. 
I still have the memories of that evening and the beautiful red fall.
For an interesting history and photos of the Yosemite firefall, check out this website
• In three weeks the Oklahoma State Fair will be here. It begins Sept. 12 and runs through Sept. 22.
My sister, Martha Vickery, has two handmade items entered in the Creative Arts competitions.
Thanks to the ease of entering online, we got her items entered before the Aug. 15 deadline.
There have been many times in the past I have made a quick trip to State Fair Park on Aug.15 to drop off my entry in person so it made the deadline.
While the Aug. 15 free entry deadline is passed, it’s not too late if you have something you want to enter. The fair will still accept entries until Sept. 3, but there is a $10 late fee.
Information about the Creative Arts competitions can be found at
• 100 years ago
The state fair was announcing 21 photographs representing Indian (India) mythology to be exhibited in the art gallery.
In 1913, the fair dates were Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.
•75 years ago
The temperature was 101 and the weatherman was predicting clouds for the weekend with some heat relief.
Sound familiar?
Find these and more interesting stories in The Oklahoman’s Archives. 
If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, e-mail me at