Because he saw himself as Yosemite's ambassador, Hutchings was surprised when the state of California told him his land claim was invalid. He fought the state for many years, and though he ultimately lost the battle, it didn't sever his ties to Yosemite.
Yosemite Valley from atop a bluff, 1861. (Photo by C.E. Watkins/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)