Family breathes new life into old way station

Priest Station

If you’re headed to Yosemite on Highway 120, be sure to stop at Priest Station, newly re-opened by our friends, the Ankers – according to Steven Anker, accessibility is “top notch”:

For most travelers, the route to Priest Station involves a long and winding path up Highway 120. Once they reach the top, they are relieved and ready for respite.

Priest Station, Wally AnkerThis sentiment was shared by countless travelers during and after the Gold Rush.

A way station since its inception, Priest Station is perched atop Priest Grade, a few miles west of Groveland and Big Oak Flat.

It was established as a stage and wagon stop on the route to Yosemite. Fire doomed the hamlet to obscurity, but one southern Tuolumne County family hopes to restore some of its old glory.

The Anker family has reopened Priest Station as a restaurant and store and will host a grand opening in early October.

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  1. weeble

    How neat. You should go and visit them ;) A family run place like that is sure to have the most delicious burgers.

  2. Katja (Post author)

    I should go visit. A disability travel writer owes it to her readers to check it out herself, right?


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