William (1876-1956) and Grace (1878-1957) McCarthy had no children and devoted their free time to traveling across North America – including stops at California’s Yosemite Valley
- William and Grace McCarthy took 2,998 photos of road trips across North America between 1905 and 1938
- The couple made trips to Yosemite National Park in 1917 and 1935 and photographed its pristine state
- Photos show their car underneath a hollowed-out Giant Sequoia and the freedom of the park before railings and nets were installed
- Their photography collection has been made available online by the California State Archives
A California couple traveled far and wide in their Studebaker sedan in the early 1900s and, in the process, took nearly 3,000 photographs documenting their adventures.
Between 1905 and 1938, William and Grace McCarthy took 2,998 photos of their travels, including iconic California landmarks such Yosemite National Park, which is remaining open despite the government’s shutdown at 12.01am on Saturday.
Photos show their car underneath a hollowed-out Giant Sequoia and the freedom of the park before railings and nets were installed – an effort to keep people safe that nonetheless is a man-made addition to a pristine natural environment.