Pioneer Yosemite History Center - JoWest

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Homestead Cabin. The Hodgdon family, ranchers from the San Joaquin Valley, built this cabin on their homesteaded land in Aspen Valley and grazed cattle there in the summer. In late 1880's John Muir and other preservationists grew concerned that damage caused by cattle and sheep in high country would impact the watershed and waterfalls. Muir led the movement to preserve the high country and helped establish expanded boundaries of Yosemite in 1890. This cabin represents land claim disputes that were fought for many years. The cabin was moved to the History Center in the 1950's or 60's.