Ten fun facts about John Muir
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His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains 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 now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.
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.Fact 5
California celebrates John Muir Day on April 21 each year.Fact 6
One of the best-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, was named in his honor.Fact 7
Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier.Fact 8
In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests.Fact 9
He is today referred to as the “Father of the National Parks”.Fact 10
Muir's biographer, Steven J. Holmes, believes that Muir has become “one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity.” Click here for more people facts ❯
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