History & Culture

Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse.

See a synopsis of the Proclamation declaring Muir Woods a National Monument or learn the complete history of Muir Woods National Monument, by downloading the Muir Woods Historic Resource Study (25MB, PDF file).

Explore our history pages to learn more about the people and timeline!


In May 1945, Muir Woods was host to a very special international event. United Nations delegates meeting in San Francisco traveled to Muir Woods to honor the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a special memorial in a grove of redwood trees.

Please visit the United Nations Memorial Service for President Roosevelt at Muir Woods page for more information.

The United Nations Memorial service in Muir Woods, May 19, 1945.
Photo Courtesy of Save the Redwood League


Sites of Conscience Stories at Muir Woods

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    Last updated: February 5, 2019

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