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John Muir House


The other day I zipped over to see the John Muir House which is an historic site not too far from where I live, and it is where John Muir and his wife Louisa lived until his death in 1914.  The mansion was built in 1883 by Dr. John Strentzel, Muir’s father-in-law, with whom Muir went into partnership, managing his 2,600-acre (1,100 ha) fruit ranch.  Why I’ve never been there is beyond me.  It’s a self-guided free tour and you can even go inside the house.  I’m definitely bringing my wide angle lens next time I go.

For those of you unfamiliar with John Muir, he 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 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 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 distance route, was named in honor of him.

I wished I had more time.  Perhaps sometime soon I’ll go again so I can get more pictures.  I actually posted a picture of a landscape the other day which was taken right outside the mansion.  You can see that here.

John Muir House

John Muir House

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

30 thoughts on “John Muir House

  1. The balance between monochrome and colour in your image makes me think of Dorothy opening the door when she lands in Oz. I have hiked in the Muir Woods and wondered at the age and size of the redwoods but I never visited his house.

  2. I’ve visited this house of this incredible hero, and your photo here really captures his spirit well, Laura. Now I’m off to see the landscape photo you speak of. Great job! 😀

  3. Very nice Laura. I’ve been to Muir Woods but I didn’t know the house was anywhere nearby. I will add that to the list if I get back out to SFO.

  4. I have been to Muir Woods several times and I have several of his books. What a great man. But I had no idea about his house and will check it out on my next trip to San Francisco. Thanks for the posts (and the great images in this one and the landscape).

  5. I’ve seen a doco on John Muir b4. was most interesting.

  6. How peaceful.

  7. lovely contrast of shadow and sunlight!

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