If you want to find
out about my birthplace
is my most famous namesake, John Muir, born in 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland.
He was America's most famous and influential naturalist and
conservationist. As a wilderness explorer, he is renowned for his lone
excursions in California's Sierra Nevada, among Alaska's glaciers, and
world wide travels in search of nature's beauty. As a writer, he taught
the people of his time and ours the importance of experiencing and
protecting our natural heritage.
In 1890, due in large part to the efforts of Muir and Johnson, an act of Congress created Yosemite National Park. Muir was also personally involved in the creation of Sequoia, Mount Rainier, Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon national parks. Muir deservedly is often called the "Father of Our National Park System" and there is even a John Muir Day proclaimed by President Reagen.
Last modified: June 10, 2012