TVL Video shows the wonders of Mineral King in Sequoia National Park. The area is steeped in history, starting with the Native Americans of the time, moving forward to the mostly failed silver mining operations, a move by Disney to build a ski resort, and finally to becoming a portion of the Sequoia National Park. Much of the wildlife behave as though tame. Historical reference from the 19th century refers to the deer as tame.
Mineral King was best known, from the beginning of settlement, as a place of rest or a resort. Many would escape the summer heat of the valleys in the cool mountain air. Even though many tried and failed at mining, the joy of being in this pristine wilderness was unmatched. Walt Disney wanted to build a premier ski resort here, but after plans to build a monorail and millions spent, walked away from the idea. Mineral King was considered to be the best potential for skiing in the U. S.
Finally this high mountain valley was designated as part of Sequoia National Park. The cabins you see in the Park are privately owned. Congress established that you could own, sell or pass them to heirs, but they can't be rented. Many of them are a century old and built in the high alpine style that adds to the nature of this special place.
Few Native Americans entered the area as it was considered sacred. The first white man to enter the area was in 1869. The lure of mineral riches attracted many only to fail, but did not fail to enjoy the beauty of this remote mountain wonder that is Mineral King.