Yosemite Village is the primary developed place in Yosemite Valley. Situated along the north side of the valley floor, its permanent population includes National Park Service staff and some concession workers. The Village is the site of some useful facilities, such as a fire station, a post office (ZIP Code 95389), a medical clinic, a convenience store, restaurants, gift shops, a school (kindergarten through eighth grade), and the park's headquarters facilities and main visitor center. The Yosemite Lodge is located on the west end of the village near Yosemite Falls. The Ahwahnee Hotel is a few blocks to the north. Like Camp Curry, Yosemite Village is characterized by shed style architecture making heavy use of native wood.
The Yo Semite post office opened in 1869, changed its name to Yosemite in 1908, and to Yosemite National Park in 1922. In 1906, Major H.C. Benson started Fort Yosemite at the site of what became the Yosemite Lodge. Troops were stationed at Fort Yosemite until 1916, with the creation of the National Park Service.
Yosemite Village was designed by National Park Service landscape architect Charles Punchard, Jr., among others.