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    John Muir

    National Historic Site California

Management

PARK PURPOSE

The John Muir National Historic Site, located in Martinez, California, preserves and interprets the house and grounds where John Muir lived from 1890 until his death 1914, as a public nationalmemorial in recognition of his legacy as a conservationist and a crusader for national parks and reservations.


PARK SIGNIFICANCE

  • Preserves the home where John Muir, one of America's most prominent naturalists and conservationists, lived for 24 years and wrote many of his most persuasive and important literary works to encourage U.S. policies protecting wilderness and creating a national park system.
  • Acknowledges John Muir's leadership and accomplishments, including his founding of the Sierra Club and his influence in protecting Yosemite and other national parks, as well as his continued influence on public perception and political action on wilderness areas and other environmental issues today.
  • Expresses the continuum of California land use and settlement from Native American times to the present through the contrasting landscapes of the 19th-century adobe, the high-style Victorian home, the managed agricultural lands, and the manipulated mosaic of Mount Wanda.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

"It appears, therefore, that Hetch Hetchy Valley, far from being plain, common rockbound meadow, as many who have not seen it seem to supose, is a grand landscape garden, one of Nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples." THE YOSEMITE, John Muir