• In 1864, after Senator John Conness introduced the Yosemite Grant in Congress and President Lincoln signed it, Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were given to the State of California to be administered. A board of commissioners was appointed to supervise the Grant.
  • On May 1st, 1866, Galen Clark was named the first Yosemite Guardian in charge of the Yosemite Grant for the State of California. He became, in effect, the first California State Park Ranger.
  • In 1868, influential writer and conservationist John Muir first came to Yosemite.
  • In 1869, the first recorded sale of an Indian basket to a Yosemite tourist occurred.