James Mason Hutchings (1820-1902) was born in England. He emigrated to the United States in 1848, then went to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush. He became wealthy as a miner, lost it all in a bank failure, then became wealthy again from publishing. In 1855, Hutchings set out on what would be one of the most historic trips of the region, leading the second tourist party into Yosemite. He became one of the first settlers in Yosemite Valley. He published an illustrated magazine, Hutchings' California Magazine that told the world about Yosemite and the Sierra. His works include: Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California (1862) and In the Heart of the Sierras (1888).
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