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John Muir
of the same name, see John Muir (disambiguation). John Muir (/mjʊər/; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains", was

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This article is about the Scottish naturalist and preservationist. For other people of the same name, see John Muir (disambiguation). John Muir John Muir, c. 1902 Born (1838-04-21)April 21, 1838
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland Died December 24, 1914(1914-12-24) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California Cause of death Pneumonia Occupation Engineer, naturalist, philosopher, writer, botanist, geologist Known for Founder of Sierra Club Spouse(s) Louisa Wanda Strentzel (1847–1905) (m. 1880–1905) Children Wanda Muir Hanna (March 25, 1881 – July 29, 1942) and Helen Muir Funk ( January 23, 1886 – June 7, 1964) Parent(s) Daniel Muir and Ann Gilrye Signature

John Muir (/mjʊər/; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains", was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130-mile-long route, was named in honor of him.

In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite National Park. The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is today referred to as the "Father of the National Parks" and the National Park Service has produced a short documentary about his life.

John Muir has been considered "an inspiration to both Scots and Americans". Muir's biographer, Steven J. Holmes, believes that Muir has become "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," both political and recreational. As a result, his writings are commonly discussed in books and journals, and he is often quoted by nature photographers such as Ansel Adams. "Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world," writes Holmes. Muir was noted for being an ecological thinker, political spokesman, and religious prophet, whose writings became a personal guide into nature for countless individuals, making his name "almost ubiquitous" in the modern environmental consciousness. According to author William Anderson, Muir exemplified "the archetype of our oneness with the earth", while biographer Donald Worster says he believed his mission was "...saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism.":403 On April 21, 2013, the first ever John Muir Day was celebrated in Scotland, which marked the 175th anniversary of his birth, paying homage to the conservationist.

Contents
  • 1 Early life
    • 1.1 Boyhood in Scotland
    • 1.2 Immigration to America
  • 2 Explorer of nature
    • 2.1 California
      • 2.1.1 Experiencing Yosemite
      • 2.1.2 Friendships
      • 2.1.3 Geological studies and theories
      • 2.1.4 Botanical studies
    • 2.2 Pacific Northwest
  • 3 Activism and controversies
    • 3.1 Preservation efforts
    • 3.2 Co-founding the Sierra Club
    • 3.3 Preservation vs conservation
    • 3.4 Native Americans
    • 3.5 Hetch Hetchy dam controversy
  • 4 Nature writer
    • 4.1 Jeanne Carr: friend and mentor
    • 4.2 Writing becomes his work
  • 5 Philosophical beliefs
    • 5.1 Of Nature and Theology
    • 5.2 Of sensory perceptions and light
    • 5.3 Seeing nature as home
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Death
  • 8 Legacy
  • 9 Tributes and honors
  • 10 Bibliography
    • 10.1 Books
    • 10.2 Essays online
  • 11 See also
  • 12 Notes
  • 13 Further reading
  • 14 External links

Early life Boyhood in Scotland Muir was born in the small house at left. His father bought the adjacent building in 1842, and made it the family home.

John Muir's Birthplace is a four-story stone house in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland. His parents were Daniel Muir and Ann Gilrye. He was the third of eight children: Margaret, Sarah, David, Daniel, Ann and Mary (twins), and the American-born Joanna. His earliest recollections were of taking short walks with his grandfather when he was three. In his autobiography, he described his boyhood pursuits, which included fighting, either by re-enacting romantic battles from the Wars of Scottish Independence or just scrapping on the playground, and hunting for birds' nests (ostensibly to one-up his fellows as they compared notes on who knew where the most were located).:25,37 Author Amy Marquis notes that he began his "love affair" with nature while young, and implies that it may have been in reaction to his strict religious upbringing. "His father believed that anything that distracted from Bible studies was frivolous and punishable." But the young Muir was a "restless spirit" and especially "prone to lashings." As a young boy, Muir became fascinated with the East Lothian landscape, and was known to spend a lot of time wandering the local coastline and countryside. It was during this time that he became interested in natural history and the works of Scottish naturalist Alexander Wilson.

Although he spent the majority of his life in America, Muir never forgot his roots in Scotland. He held a strong connection with his home country and Scottish identity throughout his life and was frequently heard talking about his childhood spent amid the East Lothian countryside. He greatly admired the works of Thomas Carlyle and poetry of Robert Burns; he was known to carry a collection of poems by Burns during his travels through the American wilderness. He returned to Scotland on a trip in 1893, where he met one of his Dunbar schoolmates and visited the places of his youth that were etched in his memory. He also never lost his strong Scottish accent after many years living in America.

Immigration to America

In 1849, Muir's family immigrated to the United States, starting a farm near Portage, Wisconsin, called Fountain Lake Farm. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Stephen Fox recounts that Muir's father found the Church of Scotland insufficiently strict in faith and practice, leading to their emigration and joining a congregation of the Campbellite Restoration Movement, called the Disciples of Christ .:7 By age 11, young Muir had learned to recite "by heart and by sore flesh" all of the New Testament and most of the Old Testament.:30 In maturity, while remaining a deeply spiritual man, Muir may have changed his orthodox beliefs. He wrote, "I never tried to abandon creeds or code of civilization; they went away of their own accord... without leaving any consciousness of loss." Elsewhere in his writings, he described the conventional image of a Creator, "as purely a manufactured article as any puppet of a half-penny theater.":95, 115

Entrance to Fountain Lake Farm near Portage, Wisconsin

When he was 22 years old, John Muir enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, paying his own way for several years. There, under a towering black locust tree beside North Hall, Muir took his first botany lesson. A fellow student plucked a flower from the tree and used it to explain how the grand locust is a member of the pea family, related to the straggling pea plant. Fifty years later, the naturalist Muir described the day in his autobiography. "This fine lesson charmed me and sent me flying to the woods and meadows in wild enthusiasm.":225 As a freshman, Muir studied chemistry with Professor Ezra Carr and his wife Jeanne; they became lifelong friends and Muir developed a lasting interest in chemistry and the sciences.:76 Muir took an eclectic approach to his studies, attending classes for two years but never being listed higher than a first-year student due to his unusual selection of courses. Records showed his class status as "irregular gent" and, even though he never graduated, he learned enough geology and botany to inform his later wanderings.:36

In 1863, his brother Daniel left Wisconsin and headed east to Southern Ontario (then known as Canada West in the United Canadas) to avoid the draft during the U.S. Civil War. Muir left school and travelled to the same region in 1864, and spent the spring, summer, and fall exploring the woods and swamps, and collecting plants around the southern reaches of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay.:85,92 Muir hiked along the Niagara Escarpment, including much of today's Bruce Trail. With his money running low and winter coming, he reunited with his brother Daniel near Meaford, Ontario, who persuaded him to work with him at the sawmill and rake factory of William Trout and Charles Jay. Muir lived with the Trout family in an area called Trout Hollow, south of Meaford, on the Bighead River. While there, he continued "botanizing", exploring the Escarpment, bogs, and collecting and cataloging plants. One source appears to indicate he worked at the mill/factory until the summer of 1865,:37 while another says he stayed on at Trout Hollow until after a fire burned it down in February 1866.

In March 1866 Muir returned to the United States, settling in Indianapolis to work in a wagon wheel factory. He proved valuable to his employers because of his inventiveness in improving the machines and processes; he rose to supervisor at $25 a week. In early March 1867, an accident changed the course of his life: a tool he was using slipped and struck him in the eye. He was confined to a darkened room for six weeks, worried whether he would ever regain his sight. When he did, "he saw the world—and his purpose—in a new light". Muir later wrote, "This affliction has driven me to the sweet fields. God has to nearly kill us sometimes, to teach us lessons." From that point on, he determined to "be true to " and follow his dream of exploration and study of plants.:97

Photo of Muir by Carleton Watkins, circa 1875

In September 1867, Muir undertook a walk of about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Kentucky to Florida, which he recounted in his book A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. He had no specific route chosen, except to go by the "wildest, leafiest, and least trodden way I could find." When Muir arrived at Cedar Keys, he began working for Richard Hodgson at Hodgson's sawmill. However, three days after accepting to work for Hodgson, Muir almost died of a malarial sickness. One evening in early January 1868, Muir climbed onto the Hodgson house roof to watch the sunset. Muir finally saw a ship, the Island Belle, and learned it would soon be sailing for Cuba.:150, 154 Muir boarded the ship, and while in Havana, he spent his hours studying shells and flowers and visiting the botanical garden in the city.:56 Afterwards, he sailed to New York and booked passage to California.:40–41 Muir served as an officer in the United States Coast Survey, a uniformed government service agency.

Explorer of nature California Experiencing Yosemite

Finally settling in San Francisco, Muir immediately left for a week-long visit to Yosemite, a place he had only read about. Seeing it for the first time, Muir notes that "He was overwhelmed by the landscape, scrambling down steep cliff faces to get a closer look at the waterfalls, whooping and howling at the vistas, jumping tirelessly from flower to flower." Theodore Roosevelt about John Muir: "I was interested and a little surprised to find that, unlike John Burroughs, John Muir cared little for birds or bird songs, and knew little about them. The hermit-thrushes meant nothing to him, the trees and the flowers and the cliffs everything." He later returned to Yosemite and worked as a shepherd for a season. He climbed a number of mountains, including Cathedral Peak and Mount Dana, and hiked the old Indian trail down Bloody Canyon to Mono Lake.

John Muir was very creative and he designed a water-powered mill to cut wind-felled trees, and he built a small cabin along Yosemite Creek,:207 designing it so that a section of the stream flowed through a corner of the room so he could enjoy the sound of running water. He lived in the cabin for two years,:143 and wrote about this period in his book First Summer in the Sierra (1911). Muir's biographer, Frederick Turner, notes Muir's journal entry upon first visiting the valley and writes that his description "blazes from the page with the authentic force of a conversion experience.":172

Friendships

During these years in Yosemite, Muir was unmarried, often unemployed, with no prospects for a career, and had "periods of anguish," writes naturalist author John Tallmadge. He was sustained by not only the natural environment, but also by reading the essays of naturalist author Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote about the very life that Muir was then living. On excursions into the back country of Yosemite, he traveled alone, carrying "only a tin cup, a handful of tea, a loaf of bread, and a copy of Emerson.":52–53 He usually spent his evenings sitting by a campfire in his overcoat, reading Emerson under the stars. As the years passed, he became a "fixture in the valley," respected for his knowledge of natural history, his skill as a guide, and his vivid storytelling.:53 Visitors to the valley often included scientists, artists, and celebrities, many of whom made a point of meeting with Muir.

In 1871, after Muir had lived in Yosemite for three years, Emerson, with a number of academic friends from Boston, arrived in Yosemite during a tour of the Western United States. The two men met, and according to Tallmadge, "Emerson was delighted to find at the end of his career the prophet-naturalist he had called for so long ago. . . And for Muir, Emerson's visit came like a laying on of hands.":53 Emerson spent only the one day with Muir, although he offered him a teaching position at Harvard, which Muir declined. Muir later wrote, "I never for a moment thought of giving up God's big show for a mere profship!":53

Muir also spent time with photographer Carleton Watkins and studied his photographs of Yosemite.

Geological studies and theories John Muir in 1907

Pursuit of his love of science, especially geology, often occupied his free time. Muir soon became convinced that glaciers had sculpted many of the features of the Yosemite Valley and surrounding area. This notion was in stark contradiction to the accepted contemporary theory, promulgated by Josiah Whitney (head of the California Geological Survey), which attributed the formation of the valley to a catastrophic earthquake. As Muir's ideas spread, Whitney tried to discredit Muir by branding him as an amateur. But Louis Agassiz, the premier geologist of the day, saw merit in Muir's ideas, and lauded him as "the first man I have ever found who has any adequate conception of glacial action."

In 1871, Muir discovered an active alpine glacier below Merced Peak, which helped his theories gain acceptance. He was a highly productive writer and had many of his accounts and papers published as far away as New York. Muir's former professor at the University of Wisconsin, Ezra Carr, and his wife Jeanne, encouraged Muir to put his ideas into print. They also introduced Muir to notables such as Emerson, as well as leading scientists such as Louis Agassiz, John Tyndall, John Torrey, Clinton Hart Merriam, and Joseph LeConte.

A large earthquake centered near Lone Pine, California, in Owens Valley (see 1872 Lone Pine earthquake) strongly shook occupants of Yosemite Valley in March 1872. The quake woke Muir in the early morning and he ran out of his cabin "both glad and frightened," exclaiming, "A noble earthquake!" Other valley settlers, who believed Whitney's ideas, feared that the quake was a prelude to a cataclysmic deepening of the valley. Muir had no such fear and promptly made a moonlit survey of new talus piles created by earthquake-triggered rockslides. This event led more people to believe in Muir's ideas about the formation of the valley.

Botanical studies

In addition to his geologic studies, Muir also investigated the plant life of the Yosemite area. In 1873 and 1874, he made field studies along the western flank of the Sierra on the distribution and ecology of isolated groves of Giant Sequoia. In 1876, the American Association for the Advancement of Science published Muir's paper on the subject.

Pacific Northwest

Muir made four trips to Alaska as far as Unalaska, Alaska and Barrow, Alaska. Muir first traveled to Alaska in 1879 and was the first Euro-American to explore Glacier Bay. Muir Glacier was later named after him. He traveled into British Columbia a third of the way up the Stikine River, likening its Grand Canyon to "a Yosemite that was a hundred miles long". Muir recorded over 300 glaciers along the river's course.

He returned for further explorations in Southeast Alaska in 1880, and in 1881 was with the party that landed on Wrangel Island on the USS Corwin and claimed that island for the United States. He documented this experience in journal entries and newspaper articles—later compiled and edited into his book The Cruise of the Corwin. In 1888 after seven years of managing the Strentzel fruit ranch in Alhambra Valley, CA, his health began to suffer. He returned to the hills to recover, climbing Mt. Rainier in Washington and writing Ascent of Mount Rainier.

Activism and controversies Preservation efforts Yosemite Valley and the Merced River
Establishing Yosemite National Park

Muir threw himself into the preservationist role with great vigor. He envisioned the Yosemite area and the Sierra as pristine lands. He thought the greatest threat to the Yosemite area and the Sierra was domesticated livestock—especially domestic sheep, which he referred to as "hoofed locusts". In June 1889, the influential associate editor of Century magazine, Robert Underwood Johnson, camped with Muir in Tuolumne Meadows and saw firsthand the damage a large flock of sheep had done to the grassland. Johnson agreed to publish any article Muir wrote on the subject of excluding livestock from the Sierra high country. He also agreed to use his influence to introduce a bill to Congress to make the Yosemite area into a national park, modeled after Yellowstone National Park.

On September 30, 1890, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that essentially followed recommendations that Muir had suggested in two Century articles, The Treasure of the Yosemite and Features of the Proposed National Park, both published in 1890. But to Muir's dismay, the bill left Yosemite Valley under state control, as it had been since the 1860s.

Co-founding the Sierra Club Main article: Sierra Club

In early 1892, Professor Henry Senger, a philologist at the University of California, Berkeley, contacted Muir with the idea of forming a local 'alpine club' for mountain lovers. Senger and San Francisco attorney Warren Olney sent out invitations "for the purpose of forming a 'Sierra Club.' Mr. John Muir will preside." On May 28, 1892, the first meeting of the Sierra Club was held to write articles of incorporation. One week later Muir was elected president, Warren Olney was elected vice-president, and a board of directors was chosen that included David Starr Jordan, president of the new Stanford University. Muir remained president until his death 22 years later.:107–108

The Sierra Club immediately opposed efforts to reduce Yosemite National Park by half, and began holding educational and scientific meetings. At one meeting in the fall of 1895 that included Muir, Joseph LeConte, and William R. Dudley, the Sierra Club discussed the idea of establishing 'national forest reservations', which were later called National Forests. The Sierra Club was active in the successful campaign to transfer Yosemite National Park from state to federal control in 1906. The fight to preserve Hetch Hetchy Valley was also taken up by the Sierra Club, with some prominent San Francisco members opposing the fight. Eventually a vote was held that overwhelmingly put the Sierra Club behind the opposition to Hetch Hetchy Dam.

Preservation vs conservation

In July 1896, Muir became associated with Gifford Pinchot, a national leader in the conservation movement. Pinchot was the first head of the United States Forest Service and a leading spokesman for the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of the people. His views eventually clashed with Muir's and highlighted two diverging views of the use of the country's natural resources. Pinchot saw conservation as a means of managing the nation's natural resources for long-term sustainable commercial use. As a professional forester, his view was that "forestry is tree farming," without destroying the long-term viability of the forests. Muir valued nature for its spiritual and transcendental qualities. In one essay about the National Parks, he referred to them as "places for rest, inspiration, and prayers." He often encouraged city dwellers to experience nature for its spiritual nourishment. Both men opposed reckless exploitation of natural resources, including clear-cutting of forests. Even Muir acknowledged the need for timber and the forests to provide it, but Pinchot's view of wilderness management was more resource-oriented.

Their friendship ended late in the summer of 1897 when Pinchot released a statement to a Seattle newspaper supporting sheep grazing in forest reserves. Muir confronted Pinchot and demanded an explanation. When Pinchot reiterated his position, Muir told him: "I don't want any thing more to do with you." This philosophical divide soon expanded and split the conservation movement into two camps: the preservationists, led by Muir; and Pinchot's camp, who co-opted the term "conservation." The two men debated their positions in popular magazines, such as Outlook, Harper's Weekly, Atlantic Monthly, World's Work, and Century. Their contrasting views were highlighted again when the United States was deciding whether to dam Hetch Hetchy Valley. Pinchot favored damming the valley as "the highest possible use which could be made of it." In contrast, Muir proclaimed, "Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the hearts of man."

Theodore Roosevelt and Muir, 1906

In 1899, Muir accompanied railroad executive E. H. Harriman and esteemed scientists on the famous exploratory voyage along the Alaska coast aboard the luxuriously refitted 250-foot (76 m) steamer, the George W. Elder. He later relied on his friendship with Harriman to pressure Congress to pass conservation legislation.

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt accompanied Muir on a visit to Yosemite. Muir joined Roosevelt in Oakland, California, for the train trip to Raymond. The presidential entourage then traveled by stagecoach into the park. While traveling to the park, Muir told the president about state mismanagement of the valley and rampant exploitation of the valley's resources. Even before they entered the park, he was able to convince Roosevelt that the best way to protect the valley was through federal control and management.

After entering the park and seeing the magnificent splendor of the valley, the president asked Muir to show him the real Yosemite. Muir and Roosevelt set off largely by themselves and camped in the back country. The duo talked late into the night, slept in the brisk open air of Glacier Point, and were dusted by a fresh snowfall in the morning. It was a night Roosevelt never forgot.

Muir then increased efforts by the Sierra Club to consolidate park management. In 1906 Congress transferred the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley to the park.

Native Americans

Muir's attitude toward Native Americans evolved over his life. His earliest encounters were with the Winnebago Indians in Wisconsin, who begged for food and stole his favorite horse. In spite of that, he had a great deal of sympathy for their "being robbed of their lands and pushed ruthlessly back into narrower and narrower limits by alien races who were cutting off their means of livelihood." His early encounters with the Paiute in California left him feeling ambivalent after seeing their lifestyle, which he described as "lazy" and "superstitious". Ecofeminist philosopher Carolyn Merchant has criticized Muir, believing that he wrote disparagingly of the Native Americans he encountered in his early explorations. Later, after living with Indians, he praised and grew more respectful of their low impact on the wilderness, compared to the heavy impact by European-Americans.

Muir was given the Stickeen (Muir's spelling, coastal tribe) name "Ancoutahan" meaning "adopted chief".

Hetch Hetchy Valley Hetch Hetchy dam controversy

With population growth continuing in San Francisco, political pressure increased to dam the Tuolumne River for use as a water reservoir. Muir passionately opposed the damming of Hetch Hetchy Valley because he found Hetch Hetchy as stunning as Yosemite Valley.:249–62 Muir, the Sierra Club and Robert Underwood Johnson fought against inundating the valley. Muir wrote to President Roosevelt pleading for him to scuttle the project. Roosevelt's successor, William Howard Taft, suspended the Interior Department's approval for the Hetch Hetchy right-of-way. After years of national debate, Taft's successor Woodrow Wilson signed the bill authorizing the dam into law on December 19, 1913. Muir felt a great loss from the destruction of the valley, his last major battle. He wrote to his friend Vernon Kellogg, "As to the loss of the Sierra Park Valley it's hard to bear. The destruction of the charming groves and gardens, the finest in all California, goes to my heart."

Nature writer Lake Tenaya, Yosemite

In his life, Muir published six volumes of writings, all describing explorations of natural settings. Four additional books were published posthumously. Several books were subsequently published that collected essays and articles from various sources. Miller writes that what was most important about his writings was not their quantity, but their "quality". He notes that they have had a "lasting effect on American culture in helping to create the desire and will to protect and preserve wild and natural environments.":173

His first appearance in print was by accident, writes Miller; a person he did not know submitted, without his permission or awareness, a personal letter to his friend Jeanne Carr, describing Calypso borealis, a rare flower he had encountered. The piece was published anonymously, identified as having been written by an "inspired pilgrim".:174 Throughout his many years as a nature writer, Muir frequently rewrote and expanded on earlier writings from his journals, as well as articles published in magazines. He often compiled and organized such earlier writings as collections of essays or included them as part of narrative books.:173

Jeanne Carr: friend and mentor

Muir's friendship with Jeanne Carr had a lifelong influence on his career as a naturalist and writer. They first met in the fall of 1860, when, at age 22, he entered a number of his homemade inventions in the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society Fair. Carr, a fair assistant, was asked by fair officials to review Muir's exhibits to see if they had merit. She thought they did and "saw in his entries evidence of genius worthy of special recognition," notes Miller.:33 As a result, Muir received a diploma and a monetary award for his handmade clocks and thermometer.:1 During the next three years while a student at the University of Wisconsin, he was befriended by Carr and her husband, Ezra, a professor at the same university. According to Muir biographer Bonnie Johanna Gisel, the Carrs recognized his "pure mind, unsophisticated nature, inherent curiosity, scholarly acumen, and independent thought." Jeanne Carr, 35 years of age, especially appreciated his youthful individuality, along with his acceptance of "religious truths" that were much like her own.:2

The Muirs' home in Martinez, California, is a National Historic Site.

Muir was often invited to the Carrs' home; he shared Jeanne's love of plants. In 1864, he left Wisconsin to begin exploring the Canadian wilderness and, while there, began corresponding with her about his activities. Carr wrote Muir in return and encouraged him in his explorations and writings, eventually having an important influence over his personal goals. At one point she asked Muir to read a book she felt would influence his thinking, Lamartine's The Stonemason of Saint Point. It was the story of a man whose life she hoped would "metabolize in Muir," writes Gisel, and "was a projection of the life she envisioned for him." According to Gisel, the story was about a "poor man with a pure heart," who found in nature "divine lessons and saw all of God's creatures interconnected.":3

After Muir returned to the United States, he spent the next four years exploring Yosemite, while at the same time writing articles for publication. During those years, Muir and Carr continued corresponding. She sent many of her friends to Yosemite to meet Muir and "to hear him preach the gospel of the mountains," writes Gisel. The most notable was naturalist and author Ralph Waldo Emerson. The importance of Carr, who continually gave Muir reassurance and inspiration, "cannot be overestimated," adds Gisel. It was "through his letters to her that he developed a voice and purpose." She also tried to promote Muir's writings by submitting his letters to a monthly magazine for publication. Muir came to trust Carr as his "spiritual mother," and they remained friends for 30 years.:6 In one letter she wrote to Muir while he was living in Yosemite, she tried to keep him from despairing as to his purpose in life.:43

The value of their friendship was first disclosed by a friend of Carr's, clergyman and writer G. Wharton James. After obtaining copies of their private letters from Carr, and despite pleadings from Muir to return them, he instead published articles about their friendship, using those letters as a primary source. In one such article, his focus was Muir's debt to Carr, stating that she was his "guiding star" who "led him into the noble paths of life, and then kept him there.":87–88

Writing becomes his work

Muir's friend, zoologist Henry Fairfield Osborn, writes that Muir's style of writing did not come to him easily, but only with intense effort. "Daily he rose at 4:30 o'clock, and after a simple cup of coffee labored incessantly . . . . he groans over his labors, he writes and rewrites and interpolates." Osborn notes that he preferred using the simplest English language, and therefore admired above all the writings of Carlyle, Emerson and Thoreau. "He is a very firm believer in Thoreau and starts by reading deeply of this author.":29 His secretary, Marion Randall Parsons, also noted that "composition was always slow and laborious for him. . . . Each sentence, each phrase, each word, underwent his critical scrutiny, not once but twenty times before he was satisfied to let it stand." Muir often told her, "This business of writing books is a long, tiresome, endless job.":33

Miller speculates that Muir recycled his earlier writings partly due to his "dislike of the writing process." He adds that Muir "did not enjoy the work, finding it difficult and tedious." He was generally unsatisfied with the finished result, finding prose "a weak instrument for the reality he wished to convey.":173 However, he was prodded by friends and his wife to keep writing and as a result of their influence he kept at it, although never satisfied. Muir wrote in 1872, "No amount of word-making will ever make a single soul to 'know' these mountains. One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.":xviii In one of his essays, he gave an example of the deficiencies of writing versus experiencing nature.:321

Philosophical beliefs Of Nature and Theology

Muir believed that to discover truth, he must turn to what he believed were the most accurate sources. In his book, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), he writes that during his childhood, his father made him read the Bible every day. Muir eventually memorized three-quarters of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament.:20 Muir's father read Josephus's War of the Jews to understand the culture of first-century Palestine, as it was written by an eyewitness, and illuminated the culture during the period of the New Testament.:43 But as Muir became attached to the American natural landscapes he explored, Williams notes that he began to see another "primary source for understanding God: the Book of Nature." According to Williams, in nature, especially in the wilderness, Muir was able to study the plants and animals in an environment that he believed "came straight from the hand of God, uncorrupted by civilization and domestication.":43 As Tallmadge notes, Muir's belief in this "Book of Nature" compelled him to tell the story of "this creation in words any reader could understand." As a result, his writings were to become "prophecy, for sought to change our angle of vision.":53

Williams notes that Muir's philosophy and world view rotated around his perceived dichotomy between civilization and nature. From this developed his core belief that "wild is superior".:41 His nature writings became a "synthesis of natural theology" with scripture that helped him understand the origins of the natural world. According to Williams, philosophers and theologians such as Thomas Dick suggested that the "best place to discover the true attributes of deity was in Nature." He came to believe that God was always active in the creation of life and thereby kept the natural order of the world.:41 As a result, Muir "styled himself as a John the Baptist," adds Williams, "whose duty was to immerse in 'mountain baptism' everyone he could.":46 Williams concludes that Muir saw nature as a great teacher, "revealing the mind of God," and this belief became the central theme of his later journeys and the "subtext" of his nature writing.:50

During his career as writer and while living in the mountains, Muir continued to experience the "presence of the divine in nature," writes Holmes:5:317 His personal letters also conveyed these feelings of ecstasy. Historian Catherine Albanese stated that in one of his letters, "Muir's eucharist made Thoreau's feast on wood-chuck and huckleberry seem almost anemic." Muir was extremely fond of Thoreau and was probably influenced more by him than even Emerson. Muir often referred to himself as a "disciple" of Thoreau.:100

Of sensory perceptions and light Yosemite scene

During his first summer in the Sierra as a shepherd, Muir wrote field notes that emphasized the role that the senses play in human perceptions of the environment. According to Williams, he speculated that the world was an unchanging entity that was interpreted by the brain through the senses, and, writes Muir, "If the creator were to bestow a new set of senses upon us . . . we would never doubt that we were in another world. . . ":43 While doing his studies of nature, he would try to remember everything he observed as if his senses were recording the impressions, until he could write them in his journal. As a result of his intense desire to remember facts, he filled his field journals with notes on precipitation, temperature, and even cloud formations.:45

However, Muir took his journal entries further than recording factual observations. Williams notes that the observations he recorded amounted to a description of "the sublimity of Nature," and what amounted to "an aesthetic and spiritual notebook." Muir felt that his task was more than just recording "phenomena," but also to "illuminate the spiritual implications of those phenomena," writes Williams. For Muir, mountain skies, for example, seemed painted with light, and came to "...symbolize divinity.":45 He often described his observations in terms of light.

Muir biographer Steven Holmes notes that Muir used words like "glory" and "glorious" to suggest that light was taking on a religious dimension: "It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the notion of glory in Muir's published writings, where no other single image carries more emotional or religious weight,":178 adding that his words "exactly parallels its Hebraic origins," in which biblical writings often indicate a divine presence with light, as in the burning bush or pillar of fire, and described as "the glory of God.":179:115:24

Seeing nature as home Posthumous portrait by Orlando Rouland (1917)

Muir often used the term "home" as a metaphor for both nature and his general attitude toward the "natural world itself," notes Holmes. He often used domestic language to describe his scientific observations, as when he saw nature as providing a home for even the smallest plant life: "the little purple plant, tended by its Maker, closed its petals, crouched low in its crevice of a home, and enjoyed the storm in safety.":57 Muir also saw nature as his own home, as when he wrote friends and described the Sierra as "God's mountain mansion." He considered not only the mountains as home, however, as he also felt a closeness even to the smallest objects: "The very stones seem talkative, sympathetic, brotherly. No wonder when we consider that we all have the same Father and Mother.":319

In his later years, he used the metaphor of nature as home in his writings to promote wilderness preservation.:1

Not surprisingly, Muir's deep-seated feeling about nature as being his true home led to tension with his family at his home in Martinez, California. He once told a visitor to his ranch there, "This is a good place to be housed in during stormy weather, . . . to write in, and to raise children in, but it is not my home. Up there," pointing towards the Sierra Nevada, "is my home.":74

Personal life Muir & family circa 1888.

In 1878, when he was nearing the age of 40, Muir's friends "pressured him to return to society." Soon after he returned to the Oakland area, he was introduced by Jeanne Carr to Louisa Strentzel, daughter of a prominent physician and horticulturist with a 2,600-acre (11 km2) fruit orchard in Martinez, California, northeast of Oakland. In 1880, after he returned from a trip to Alaska, Muir and Strentzel married. John Muir went into partnership with his father-in-law, Dr. John Strentzel, and for ten years directed most of his energy into managing this large fruit ranch. Although Muir was a loyal, dedicated husband, and father of two daughters,"his heart remained wild," writes Marquis. His wife understood his needs, and after seeing his restlessness at the ranch would sometimes "shoo him back up" to the mountains. He sometimes took his daughters with him.

The house and part of the ranch are now the John Muir National Historic Site.

Death

John Muir died at California Hospital (now California Hospital Medical Center) in Los Angeles on December 24, 1914, of pneumonia at age 76, after a brief visit to Daggett, California, to see his daughter Helen Muir Funk. John Muir was survived by two daughters and ten grandchildren. His grandson Ross Hanna lived until 2014, when he died at age 91.

Legacy A portrait of Muir, circa 1910.

During his lifetime John Muir published over 300 articles and 12 books. He co-founded the Sierra Club, which helped establish a number of national parks after he died and today has over 2.4 million members.

Muir has been called the "patron saint of the American wilderness" and its "archetypal free spirit." As a dreamer and activist, his eloquent words changed the way Americans saw their mountains, forests, seashores, and deserts, said nature writer Gretel Ehrlich. He not only led the efforts to protect forest areas and have some designated as national parks, but his writings presented "human culture and wild nature as one of humility and respect for all life."

Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of Century Magazine, which published many of Muir's articles, states that he influenced people's appreciation of nature and national parks, which became a lasting legacy:

The world will look back to the time we live in and remember the voice of one crying in the wilderness and bless the name of John Muir. . . . He sung the glory of nature like another Psalmist, and, as a true artist, was unashamed of his emotions. His countrymen owe him gratitude as the pioneer of our system of national parks. . . . Muir's writings and enthusiasm were the chief forces that inspired the movement. All the other torches were lighted from his.

Muir exalted wild nature over human culture and civilization, believing that all life was sacred. Turner describes him as "a man who in his singular way rediscovered America. . . . an American pioneer, an American hero." The primary aim of Muir's nature philosophy, writes Wilkins, was to challenge mankind's "enormous conceit," and in so doing, he moved beyond the Transcendentalism of Emerson to a "biocentric perspective on the world". He did so by describing the natural world as "a conductor of divinity," and his writings often made nature synonymous with God.:265 His friend, Henry Fairfield Osborn, observed that as a result of his religious upbringing, Muir retained "this belief, which is so strongly expressed in the Old Testament, that all the works of nature are directly the work of God." In the opinion of Enos Mills, a contemporary who established Rocky Mountain National Park, Muir's writings would "likely to be the most influential force in this century."

Tributes and honors Mount Muir located one mile south of Mount Whitney in the High Sierra of California. John Muir on a 1964 U.S. commemorative stamp

California celebrates John Muir Day on April 21 each year. Muir was the first person honored with a California commemorative day when legislation signed in 1988 created John Muir Day, effective from 1989 onward. Muir is one of three people so honored in California, along with Harvey Milk Day and Ronald Reagan Day. East Lothian in Scotland also celebrates John Muir day, the play Thank God for John Muir, by Andrew Dallmeyer is based on his life.

The following places are named after Muir:

  • Mount Muir
  • Mount Muir (elevation 4688') in Angeles National Forest north of Pasadena, California
  • Muir's Peak next to Mount Shasta, California (also known as Black Butte)
  • Muir Glacier, Alaska
  • John Muir Trails in California, Tennessee, Connecticut, and Wisconsin
  • John Muir Wilderness (southern and central Sierra Nevada)
  • Muir Pass Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the divide at 11,955' above sea level, between Evolution Creek and Middle Fork of Kings River
  • Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco, California
  • Muir Beach, California
  • John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California
  • Camp Muir in Mount Rainier National Park
  • John Muir College, one of the six undergraduate colleges of University of California, San Diego
  • John Muir Highway - a section of California State Route 132 between Coulterville and Smith Station at California State Route 120. This road roughly follows part of the route Muir took on his first walk to Yosemite.
  • The main-belt asteroid 128523 Johnmuir
John Muir featured on the California state quarter.

John Muir was featured on two U.S. commemorative postage stamps. A 5-cent stamp issued on April 29, 1964, was designed by Rudolph Wendelin, and showed Muir's face superimposed on a grove of redwood trees, and the inscription, "John Muir Conservationist". A 32-cent stamp issued on February 3, 1998, was part of the "Celebrate the Century" series, and showed Muir in Yosemite Valley, with the inscription "John Muir, Preservationist". An image of Muir, with the California condor and Half Dome, appears on the California state quarter released in 2005. A quotation of his appears on the reverse side of the Indianapolis Prize Lilly Medal for conservation. On December 6, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted John Muir into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts.

Muir and Hudson Stuck are honored with a feast day on the liturgical of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America on April 22.

Muirite (a mineral), Erigeron muirii, Carlquistia muirii (two species of aster), Ivesia muirii (a member of the rose family), Troglodytes troglodytes muiri (a wren), Ochotona princeps muiri (a pika), Thecla muirii (a butterfly), and Amplaria muiri (a millipede) were all named after John Muir.

Bibliography Books
  • John Muir - Spiritual Writings (Offers a new and inspiring look at Muir and his spirituality.)
  • Studies in the Sierra (1950 reprint of serials from 1874)
  • Picturesque California 1888
  • The Mountains of California. New York: Century, 1894.
  • Stickeen: An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier (1897)
  • Our National Parks. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1901.
  • My First Summer in the Sierra. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911.
  • Edward Henry Harriman. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page, 1911.
  • The Yosemite. New York: Century, 1912.
  • The Story of My Boyhood and Youth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1913.
  • Travels in Alaska. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1915.
  • Letters to a Friend. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1915.
  • A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1916.
  • The Cruise of the Corwin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1917.
  • Steep Trails. Boston: Houghton, 1918.
  • Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Selected Essays. New York: Library of America, 1997.
  • Gifford, Terry. John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings. London: Seattle: Mountaineers, 1996.
  • ed. Tim Flinders. John Muir: Spiritual Writings Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013
Essays online
  • "Alaska. The Discovery of Glacier Bay"
  • "The American Forests"
  • "Among the Animals of the Yosemite"
  • "Among the Birds of the Yosemite"
  • "The Coniferous Forests of the Sierra Nevada"
  • "Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park"
  • "The Forests of Yosemite Park"
  • "Fountains and Streams of the Yosemite"
  • "In the Heart of the California Alps"
  • "Living Glaciers of California"
  • "The New Sequoia Forests of California"
  • "A Rival of the Yosemite, King's River Canyon"
  • "Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta"
  • "Studies in the Sierra: The Glacier Meadows of the Sierra"
  • "Studies in the Sierra: The Mountain Lakes of California"
  • "Studies in the Sierra: The Passes of the Sierra"
  • "The Treasures of the Yosemite"
  • "The Wild Gardens of the Yosemite Park"
  • "The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West"
  • "The Wild Sheep of the Sierra"
  • "The Yellowstone National Park"
  • "The Yosemite National Park"
The standard author abbreviation J.Muir is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name. See also
  • John Muir's Birthplace
  • John Muir Trust
  • John Muir Way
Notes
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  55. ^ John Muir National Historic Site "The park's museum collection includes historic documents and artifacts that relate to the writing, travels, political activities and daily life of John Muir and his family in Martinez... The collections are displayed in the home, carriage house and through exhibitions in the Visitor Center."
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Further reading
  • Austin, Richard C. (1991). Baptized into wilderness: A Christian perspective on John Muir. Creekside Press. ISBN 0-9625831-2-X. 
  • Bilbro, Jeffrey. "Preserving "God's Wildness" for Redemptive Baptism: Muir and Disciples of Christ Theology," in Loving God's Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2015. 63-98. ISBN 978-0-8173-1857-4.
  • Ehrlich, Gretel (2000). John Muir: Nature's Visionary. National Geographic. ISBN 0-7922-7954-9. 
  • Engberg, Robert and Donald Wesling, 1999. John Muir: To Yosemite and Beyond. University of Utah Press: Salt Lake City. ISBN 978-0-87480-580-2
  • Fleck, Richard F., ed., 1997. Mountaineering Essays. University of Utah Press: Salt Lake City. ISBN 978-0-87480-544-4.
  • Gifford, Terry (2011). John Muir's Literary Science. The Public Domain Review. 
  • Hunt, James B. 2013. Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867–68. Mercer University Press.
  • Lasky, Kathryn. John Muir: America's first environmentalist (Candlewick Press, 2014)
  • Miller, Char (2001). Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism. Island Press. ISBN 1-55963-822-2. 
  • O'Casey, Terrence (September 24, 2006). "John Muir: God's Preacher of Creation". Christian Standard. 
  • Smith, Michael B. (June 1998). "The Value of a Tree: Public Debates of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot". The Historian. 60 (4): 757–778. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6563.1998.tb01414.x. ISSN 0018-2370. 
  • Turner, Frederick. John Muir: From Scotland to the Sierra: A Biography (Canongate Books, 2014)
  • White, Graham (ed) (2009). Journeys in the Wilderness, A John Muir Reader. Birlinn. ISBN 1-84158-697-8. 
  • Williams, Dennis (2002). God's Wilds: John Muir's Vision of Nature. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 1-58544-143-0. 
  • Witschi, N.S. (2002). Traces of Gold: California’s Natural Resources and the Claim to Realism in Western American Literature. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0-8173-1117-3. 
  • Worster, Donald (January 2005). "John Muir and the Modern Passion for Nature". Environmental History. 10 (1): 8–19. doi:10.1093/envhis/10.1.8. 
  • Worster, Donald (2008). A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516682-8. 
  • Wuerthner, George (1994). Yosemite: A Visitor's Companion. Stackpole Books. pp. 25–37. ISBN 0-8117-2598-7. 
  • Young, Samuel Hall (1915). Alaska days with John Muir. Fleming H. Revell. , full text online
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  • John Muir's Clockwork Desk, Wisconsin Historical Society exhibit.
  • John Muir Papers. Provides an overview of the John Muir Papers and related collections held at the University of the Pacific.
  • John Muir Exhibit by the Sierra Club; includes a detailed chronology.
  • John Muir Global Network
  • John Muir National Historic Site from National Park Service
  • Friends of John Muir's Birthplace (formerly Dunbar's John Muir Association) at the Wayback Machine (archived April 25, 2001) Scotland
  • John Muir's Birthplace, John Muir Birthplace Trust Scotland
  • John Muir Trust Scotland
  • Canadian Friends of John Muir (CFJM) website
  • John Muir Project Protecting Federal Public Forest Lands
  • Access Adventure Founded by Muir's grandson
  • 9 short radio episodes: California Glaciers, Earthquake, Samoset, Two Pine Logs, The Water-Ouzel, Wild Bees of California, The Wind, A Windstorm in the Forest and Woody Gospel Letter at the Wayback Machine (archived May 23, 2004) based on the writings of John Muir. California Legacy Project.
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  • Vernal Fall
  • Nevada Fall
  • Little Yosemite Valley
  • LeConte Lodge
  • Bracebridge Dinner
  • Yosemite Firefall
  • Yosemite Valley Chapel
Hiking
trails
  • Mist Trail
  • McGurk Meadow
  • Ostrander Lake
  • Taft Point
  • Sentinel Dome
  • Alder Creek
  • Mariposa Grove
  • Wapama Falls
  • Lembert Dome
  • John Muir Trail
People
  • John Muir
  • Stephen T. Mather
  • Galen Clark
  • Shelton Johnson
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • Chief Tenaya
  • Ahwahnechee people
Lodging
& camping
  • Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
  • The Ahwahnee
  • Camp Curry
  • Wawona Hotel
  • Housekeeping Camp
  • High Sierra Camps
  • Camp 4
Natural disasters
  • 1938 TWA Yosemite crash (crashed due to inclement weather)
  • 1996 Yosemite Valley landslide
  • 1997 Merced River flood
  • 2013 Rim Wildfire
Transportation
  • Nearby airports
    • FAT
    • MPI
    • MMH
  • YARTS
  • Route 140
  • Route 41
  • Route 120
Nearby
municipalities
  • Foresta
  • El Portal & Arch Rock Entrance
  • Yosemite West & Chinquapin
  • Wawona
  • Bootjack
  • Mariposa
  • Briceburg
  • Oakhurst
  • Midpines
  • Lee Vining
  • Mammoth
  • Merced
  • Le Grand
  • Chowchilla
Additional
information
  • History of the Yosemite area
  • Geology of the Yosemite area
  • National Register of Historic Places in Yosemite National Park
  • List of waterfalls
  • Yosemite Category
  • California Portal
  • v
  • t
  • e
Sequoia National Park Landmarks and
Attractions
  • Ash Mountain Entrance Sign
  • Atwell Mill Grove
  • Cabin Creek Ranger Residence
    and Dormitory
  • Cattle Cabin
  • Crystal Cave
  • Eagle Lake
  • Forester Pass
  • Franklin
  • Garfield Grove
  • General Sherman Tree
  • Generals' Highway
  • Generals' Highway Stone Bridges
  • Giant Forest
  • Giant Forest Lodge Hist. Dist.
  • Giant Forest Village–Camp Kaweah Hist. Dist.
  • Great Western Divide
  • Hazelwood Tree
  • High Sierra Trail
  • Hockett Mdw. Ranger Sta.
  • Hospital Rock
  • John Muir Trail
  • Kaweah Gap
  • Kern Plateau Salamander
  • King Arthur
  • Lilliput Glacier
  • Lincoln Tree
  • Mineral King
  • Mineral King Road Cultural Landscape
  • Monroe
  • Moro Rock
  • Muir Grove
  • Pear Lake Ski Hut
  • President
  • Quinn Ranger Sta.
  • Redwood Mdw. Ranger Sta.
  • Smithsonian Institution Shelter
  • Squatter's Cabin
  • Tharp's Log
  • Ursa Minor Cave
  • Washington Tree
  • Wuksachi Village and Lodge
Mountains
  • Alta Peak
  • Mount Barnard
  • Black Kaweah
  • Florence Peak
  • Junction Peak
  • Kaweah Peaks Ridge
  • Kaweah Queen
  • Mount Kaweah
  • Mount Langley
  • Mount Le Conte
  • Mount Mallory
  • Mount McAdie
  • Milestone Mountain
  • Mount Muir
  • Red Kaweah
  • Mount Russell
  • Sawtooth Peak
  • Mount Stewart
  • Table Mountain
  • Triple Divide Peak
  • Mount Tyndall
  • Thunder Mountain
  • Mount Whitney
People
  • John Muir
  • Stephen T. Mather
  • Hale Tharp
  • John Tyndall
  • Josiah Whitney
  • George W. Stewart
  • Yokut people
Nearby Municipalities
  • Three Rivers
  • Lemon Cove
  • Kaweah
  • Visalia
  • Tulare
  • Lone Pine
Additional Information
  • Indian Basin Grove
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Sequoia National Park Category
  • California Portal
  • v
  • t
  • e
Kings Canyon National Park Landmarks and
Attractions
  • Barton–Lackey Cabin
  • Boole
  • Cedar Grove
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Converse Basin
  • Darwin Glacier
  • Deadman Canyon
  • Forester Pass
  • General Grant Tree
  • General Grant Grove
  • Generals Highway
  • Great Western Divide
  • Indian Basin Grove
  • Ishi Giant
  • John Muir Trail
  • Kern Plateau Salamander
  • Kings River Slender Salamander
  • Martha Lake
  • Muir Pass
  • Rae Lakes
  • Redwood Mountain Grove
  • Robert E. Lee Tree
  • Shorty Lovelace Hist. Dist.
  • Wilsonia Hist. Dist.
Mountains
  • Acrodectes Peak
  • Mount Agassiz
  • Mount Baxter
  • Mount Brewer
  • Charlotte Dome
  • Mount Clarence King
  • Mount Cotter
  • Mount Darwin
  • Mount Farquhar
  • Mount Goddard
  • Mount Gould
  • Junction Peak
  • Mount Keith
  • Middle Palisade
  • Milestone Mountain
  • Norman Clyde Peak
  • North Palisade
  • Palisade Crest
  • Palisades
  • Mount Sill
  • Split Mountain
  • Mount Stanford
  • Table Mountain
  • Thunderbolt Peak
  • Triple Divide Peak
  • Thunder Mountain
  • University Peak
  • Mount Winchell
People
  • John Muir
  • Stephen T. Mather
Nearby Municipalities
  • Hume
  • Squaw Valley
  • Independence
  • Auberry
  • Fresno
Additional Information
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Kings Canyon National Park Category
  • California Portal
Authority control
  • WorldCat Identities
  • VIAF: 68933311
  • LCCN: n79078692
  • ISNI: 0000 0001 2137 9847
  • GND: 119315343
  • SELIBR: 320585
  • SUDOC: 027042030
  • BNF: cb11917175x (data)
  • ULAN: 500224954
  • NLA: 35367197
  • NDL: 00472012
  • NKC: jn19990005883
  • Botanist: J.Muir
  • BNE: XX1348149


Wilderness Essays
Wilderness Essays
Part of John Muir's appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West and wrote about its beauties but also fought for their preservation. His successes dot the landscape and are evident in all the natural features that bear his name: forests, lakes, trails, and glaciers. Here collected are some of Muir's finest wilderness essays, ranging in subject matter from Alaska to Yellowstone, from Oregon to the High Sierra.

$12.17
-$4.82(-28%)



The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
Here is an entertaining collection of John Muir’s most exciting adventures, representing some of his finest writing. From the famous avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley to his night spent weathering a windstorm at the top of a tree to death-defying falls on Alaskan glaciers, the renowned outdoorsman’s exploits are related in passages that are by turns exhilarating, unnerving, dizzying, and outrageous.

$6.89
-$5.06(-42%)



Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir's Best Writings (Essential) (California Legacy Book)
Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir's Best Writings (Essential) (California Legacy Book)
An introduction to the great ''poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist'' Preservationist. Inventor. Lobbyist. John Muir was many things at once, and he is California's best-known icon--so much so that his image was chosen to appear on the new state quarter. But the best way to know the man who founded the Sierra Club and helped create Yosemite National Park is to read his own words. Essential Muir is the second volume in the California Legacy Essentials Collection. Taking the best of John Muir's writings on nature--in which he waxes ecstatic even as he accurately describes the scientific attributes of a flower--as well as his thoughts on religion and society, this book presents a fresh look at one of California's greatest literary figures. His love for nature was so powerful--and his description of it so compelling--it still inspires us a century later.

$7.41
-$5.59(-43%)



The Yosemite
The Yosemite
In this classic text, the great American naturalist John Muir describes the Yosemite valley's geography and the myriad types of trees, flowers, birds, and other animals that can be found there.

$5.31
-$1.68(-24%)



John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (Library of America)
John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (Library of America)
In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, John Muir became America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness. A crucial figure in the creation of our national parks system and a far-seeing prophet of environmental awareness who founded the Sierra Club in 1892, he was also a master of natural description who evoked with unique power and intimacy the untrammeled landscapes of the American West. The Library of America's Nature Writings collects his most significant and best-loved works in a single volume, including: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913), My First Summer in the Sierra (1911), The Mountains of California (1894) and Stickeen (1909). Rounding out the volume is a rich selection of essays—including "Yosemite Glaciers," "God's First Temples," "Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta," "The American Forests," and the late appeal "Save the Redwoods"—highlighting various aspects of his career: his exploration of the Grand Canyon and of what became Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks, his successful crusades to preserve the wilderness, his early walking tour to Florida, and the Alaska journey of 1879.

$15.53
-$19.47(-56%)



My First Summer in the Sierra (Dover Books on Americana)
My First Summer in the Sierra (Dover Books on Americana)
In the summer of 1869, John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, joined a crew of shepherds in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The diary he kept while tending sheep formed the heart of this book and eventually lured thousands of Americans to visit Yosemite country.First published in 1911, My First Summer in the Sierra incorporates the lyrical accounts and sketches he produced during his four-month stay in the Yosemite River Valley and the High Sierra. His record tracks that memorable experience, describing in picturesque terms the majestic vistas, flora and fauna, and other breathtaking natural wonders of the area.Today Muir is recognized as one of the most important and influential naturalists and nature writers in America. This book, the most popular of the author’s works, will delight environmentalists and nature lovers with its exuberant observations.

$5.10
-$2.85(-36%)



A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing."In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world. A Passion for Nature is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever written. It is the first to be based on Muir's full private correspondence and to meet modern scholarly standards. Yet it is also full of rich detail and personal anecdote, uncovering the complex inner life behind the legend of the solitary mountain man. It traces Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his adult life in California right after the Civil War up to his death on the eve of World War I. It explores his marriage and family life, his relationship with his abusive father, his many friendships with the humble and famous (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his role in founding the modern American conservation movement. Inspired by Muir's passion for the wilderness, Americans created a long and stunning list of national parks and wilderness areas, Yosemite most prominent among them. Yet the book also describes a Muir who was a successful fruit-grower, a talented scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made man of wealth and political influence. A man for whom mountaineering was "a pathway to revelation and worship."For anyone wishing to more fully understand America's first great environmentalist, and the enormous influence he still exerts today, Donald Worster's biography offers a wealth of insight into the passionate nature of a man whose passion for nature remains unsurpassed.

$15.00
-$9.95(-40%)



John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books
John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Our National Parks; and more.

$29.40
-$10.60(-26%)



Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple
Meditations of John Muir:  Nature's Temple
Editor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir quotes with selections from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Take this pocket-size guide with you on backpacks, nature hikes, and camping trips.

$4.23
-$7.72(-65%)



John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America's Most Famous Trail
John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America's Most Famous Trail
Elizabeth Wenk's authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities. Useful essentials are updated GPS coordinates and maps for prominent campsites (along with an updated list of sites along the trail), trail junctions, bear boxes, and other points of interest. The trail descriptions also include natural and human history to provide a workout for both body and mind — a must-have for any Muir Trail enthusiast. Note that the text includes the southbound trail description, while the full guide with the northbound description is available as a separate ebook product.

$9.43
-$9.52(-50%)


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