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Walker, Joseph Reddeford 1798-1876 Guide; born in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1798; settled in Jackson county, Mo., in 1818. His career as a guide on the frontier began in 1822. He led Captain Bonneville's expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1832; guided another expedition from Great Salt Lake to California in 1833; discovered the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Lake, and Walker River in the latter year; and Walker's Pass in 1834. He died in Ignacio Valley, Cal., Oct. 27, 1876.