California State Parks Commission
History and Background

and

The Olmsted 1865 Report on Parks in California

California
State Parks Commission
History and Background

Excerpt with photos
from publication by Michael G. Lynch

The Founding Study Making the Case
for State Parks in California

First State Park General Plan in 1865
by  Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.

is still available from the Yosemite Conservancy.(external link)
Frederick Law Olmsted's 1865 Report


The Cultural Landscape Foundation article
on Olmsted's biography and history

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