John Muir. By Logan Hickox. Engineer, naturalist, writer, botanist, geologist. Biography facts. Born: April 21, 1838, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland Death: December 24, 1914(aged 76), Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Spouse: Louisa Strentzel Children: Wanda Hanna, Helen Funk.
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By Logan Hickox
writer, botanist, geologist
Born: April 21, 1838, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Death: December 24, 1914(aged 76), Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Spouse: Louisa Strentzel
Children: Wanda Hanna, Helen Funk
Muir enjoyed most of his time climbing in trees and studying birds nests.
Though his parents were extremely religious, he would show signs of his non-interest in religion and hide from his abusive father outside and pick flowers to blow off steam.
Muir was home-schooled and was taught religion; by age 11 he could recite the all of the New Testament and more than half of the Old Testament.
At the age of 22, Muir attended University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Muir took a number of different botany classes yet only stayed in college for two years before being listed as “less-educated than a first-year student” because of his unusual selection of courses.
In the Summer of 1868, Muir, being a gifted inventor, built a water-powered mill and a small cabin along Yosemite Creek, cutting a corner out so that the creek can run through a section of his house.
Muir stayed at the cabin for the majority of his life because of his “nature affair” as he called it, with the geology part of Yosemite specifically.
John Muir founded the “Sierra Club,” a club for mountain and nature lovers.
In 1903, Muir befriended President Theodore Roosevelt as Roosevelt had heard of his Muir’s thoughts on Yosemite and nature and later accompanied him on nature trips.
In 1906 the Sierra Club later succeeded in their biggest campaign, turning over Yosemite State Park to Federal hands to preserve it’s natural beauty.
Theodore Roosevelt(left) and John Muir(right) in the Yosemite National Park
Studies in the Sierra (1950 reprint of serials from 1874)
Picturesque California (1888–1890)
The Mountains of California (1894)
Our National Parks (1901)
Stickeen: An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier (1915)
Stickeen: The Story of a Dog (1909)
My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)
Edward Henry Harriman (1911)
The Yosemite (1912)
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913)
Letters to a Friend (1915)
Travels in Alaska (1915)
A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)
The Cruise of the Corwin (1917)
Steep Trails (1919)
God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
I learned that one person really can make a difference in society. For example, without John Muir their would be no Yosemite National Park because it would have been destroyed.